Ref 2014 for aje


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Slides about the REF (Research Excellence Framework) presented by Chris Forst at the Association for AJE (Association for Journalism Education) January conference.

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Ref 2014 for aje

  1. 1. Research and the REF What is the REF and why is it important to me and my institutiton?
  2. 2. Why research?Research supports teachingResearch supports work with industryResearch differentiates HE from FEResearch adds to student experienceResearch attracts incomeResearch develops reputation
  3. 3. SupportGood research:links with scholarly activity;Links with industry;Adds depth to your teaching;Keeps you better focussed;Keeps you in better contact.
  4. 4. IncomeResearch attracts income:Through applying for research grants;From Hefce as apportioned by the REF;By making links with industry that they are prepared to fund.
  5. 5. Income and reputationAttract students;Attract partners from industry or other institutions;Attract international links and students
  6. 6. What is the REF?The REF will:• inform the selective allocation of research funding to HEIs on the basis of excellence • provide benchmarking information and reputational yardsticks • provide accountability for public investment in research and demonstrate its benefits.
  7. 7. What are UoAs?Units of assessment assess quality of research in a specific range of subject disciplines:UoA 36 covers Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information ManagementThis includes journalism, which is specifically mentioned in the more detailed description.
  8. 8. Timetable 2010 Appoint panels 2011 Publish assessment criteria 2013 (July 31): end of assessment period 2013 (Oct 31): Census date for eligible staff 2013 (Nov 29): Closing date for submissions 2013 (Dec 31): Closing date for outcomes 2014 Panels assess. Outcomes published in December
  9. 9. REF SubmissionA submission will include:Research outputs (worth 65%) Assessed in terms of their ‘rigour, originality and significance’, with reference to international research quality standards.Impact (worth 20%) The sub-panels will assess social and economic impacts arising from research in terms of their ‘reach and significance’.Environment (Worth 15%) The sub-panels will assess the research environment in terms of its ‘sustainability, vitality and influence’.
  10. 10. Research outputsA submission will include the work of each researcher. Each researcher will normally be expected to submit four pieces of research.This will be examined by the panels to indicate excellence.
  11. 11. Hefce definition of research…original investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding.
  12. 12. Research outputsPanels will treat all research on an equal footing measuring excellence in research across the spectrum of applied research, practice-based and basic/strategic research, wherever that research is conducted.The panel is measuring the research, not the place where the research was disseminated.
  13. 13. Practice-based researchPractice based research is welcomed;Practice-based research needs to be research as defined by HEFCs;Scholarly activity is not research
  14. 14. ImpactThe REF will measure the impact of research on the wider community.Impact will involve case studies (at least two but maybe more in larger institutions)Impact studies can go back up to 12 years, involve the work in the university and cannot be transferred with the researcher.
  15. 15. EnvironmentThis measures the sustainability, vitality and influence of the unit of assessment including:Post graduate student success rate;Support for research;Research development;Research income;External influence.
  16. 16. Quality levelsFour star Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality,significance and rigour.Three star Quality that is internationally excellent in terms oforiginality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of thehighest standards of excellence.Two star Quality that is recognised internationally in terms oforiginality, significance and rigour.One star Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality,significance and rigour.Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationallyrecognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition ofresearch for the purposes of this assessment.