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Exploring the Vitae Impact Lens


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Workshop by Pooja Takhar (Senior Manager: HEIs, Vitae) and Emma Gillaspy (Vitae NW Hub Manager) at the Vitae event 'Preparing for the Research Excellence Framework: Researcher development, the environment and future impact' on 11 July 2012 in Manchester

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Exploring the Vitae Impact Lens

  1. 1. Exploring the Vitae Impact Lens Dr Pooja Takhar, Senior Manager: HEIs, Vitae Dr Emma Gillaspy, Vitae NW Hub ManagerVitae®, © 2011 The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) Limited
  2. 2. Today’s session RDF lenses Impact agenda RCUK Pathways to Impact REF Impact assessment REF impact submission Skills of impactful researchers Developing the RDF Impact Lens
  3. 3. the demonstrablecontribution that excellentresearch makes to society and the economy RCUK
  4. 4. Key changes: REF vs. RAE Inclusion of assessment of impact Fewer UoAs/panels, operating more consistently Strengthened equality and diversity measures Revised eligibility criteria for staff Addition of (limited) use of citation data in some UOAs Removal of ‘esteem’ as a distinct element Revised approach to ‘environment’ and data collection Publication of overall quality profiles in 1% steps
  5. 5. The assessment framework: Overview 65% 20% 15%
  6. 6. REF impact criteriaThe criteria for assessing impacts are reach and significanceIn assessing the impact template (REF3a) the panel will consider theextent to which the unit’s approach described in the template is conduciveto achieving impacts of ‘reach and significance’ Four star: Outstanding impacts in terms of their reach and significance Three star: Very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance Two star: Considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance One star: Recognised but modest impacts in terms of their reach and significance Unclassified: The impact is of little or no reach and significance; or the impact was not eligible; or the impact was not underpinned by excellent research produced by the submitted unit
  7. 7. REF impact submissions
  8. 8. Examples Panel criteria and working methods ( A social enterprise Research has enabled initiative has beenChanges to the Production costs stakeholders to challenge createddesign or delivery of have reduced conventional wisdomthe school curriculum Improved forensic Enhanced preservation, Improved access to methods or expert Policy debate or decisions conservation or presentation justice, employment systems have been influenced or of cultural heritage or education shaped by research Improved management or Jobs have been Research has informed conservation of natural Organisations have created or protected public understanding, values, resources adapted to changing cultural values attitudes or behaviours Enhanced corporate The policies or activities of Changes to Levels of waste have social responsibility NGOs or charities have been legislation or reduced policies informed by research regulations New forms of artistic Changes in Enhanced technical A new product has expression or changes to professional practice standards or been commercialised creative practice protocols
  9. 9. Researcher DevelopmentFramework (RDF) RDF is an operational framework for planning, promoting and supporting the personal, professional and career development of researchers How was it created? Core of the framework consists of data drawn from over 100 interviews Phenomenographic method* – identified over 1,000 characteristics and their variants Input from experts, specialists and stakeholders Clustered into the 4 main areas or Domains* See for further details on method.
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  11. 11. Intellectual insight
  12. 12. Self-reflection
  13. 13. Strengths of the RDF Designed by researchers for researchers Use of a common language National consistency International competitiveness Independent resource Highlights value of developmental opportunities Supports researchers to take control
  14. 14. Using the RDF (researchers) Personal and professional development Understand strengths Identify areas for development Set goals Self-assessment and review Job applications Next step on the career ladder Transferable skills Broad view of available career options
  15. 15. RDF Lenses Focus on key knowledge, behaviour and attributes of researchers acquired through or used in various contexts or environments Lenses derived from the RDF employability, leadership, enterprise, intrapreneurship Lenses mapped from other frameworks public engagement, teaching, information literacy Next steps supervisor, impact, knowledge exchange
  16. 16. Impact LensTo highlight the skills required by researchers to conductresearch which has an impact within and outside academia
  17. 17. What makes an impactfulresearcher?What: Knowledge Skills Qualities Behaviours Etcwould they exhibit?
  18. 18. It’s all in a name... Flickr ID: Giant Ginkgo
  19. 19. Benefits of developingimpactful researchers Enhancing research quality and its impact Increasing awareness of the value of research to UK society Skills development New research perspectives / career enhancement Higher personal and institutional profile Forming new collaborations and partnerships Enjoyment and personal reward Additional funding Inspiring the next generational of researchers
  20. 20. Bridging the gap FlickrID: thewrongglass
  21. 21. Links and resources RDF: RDS: RDF lenses: Contact: REF impact pilot exercise: RCUK Pathways to Impact NCCPE REF summary: Top research departments fail to shine in impact pilot: