Event Summary

With the initial decisions on the next research assessment exercise due this Spring, Westminster Insight’s Future of UK Research Assessment Conference 2023 will be a timely opportunity to explore changing priorities for higher education research assessment in the UK.

Join us to hear an update from Steven Hill, Chair of the REF Steering Group and Director of Research at Research England on the priorities for the next research assessment exercise and for developing a responsible research assessment culture in the UK. Be prepared for the next assessment exercise.

How do we create a positive, thriving research system in the UK? Learn how the next assessment can enhance approaches towards research, improve collaboration and harness strengths across universities. You will consider different judgements including how your research impacts the wider world and the research standard environment.

Understanding the direction of research assessment moving forward is crucial, with the REF outcomes used to allocate around £2bn of public funding for universities’ research per year.*

Sector leaders will share expert insights into central issues surrounding research assessment, including:

  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of research from across the UK
  • Driving research excellence in UK universities
  • Priorities for research environments

We will explore what lessons can be learnt from the REF2021, and European research assessment practice.

Learn about the latest developments from sector leaders and enhance your understanding of what comes next for HE across the UK.

Join us in Central London, or online, to hear expert insights on the next steps for research assessment. Share thoughts, ideas, and network with colleagues from across the UK.

*UKRI, March 2022

Key Topics

  • Simplifying and reducing the administrative burden of research assessment
  • Creating a positive, thriving research culture
  • Driving continual improvement in research impact, output and environment
  • Exploring what lessons can be learnt from European research assessment practice
  • Improving research environments and culture

Benefits of attending

  • Join us in-person, or online, for 4 hours of CPD certified content
  • Network with university leaders from across the UK
  • Hear an update directly from Research England on the Future Research Assessment Programme and priorities for the next research assessment exercise

Venue Details and Access

In-person – This conference will take place at The Institution of Structural Engineers, Bastwick Street, London. Attend in-person to network, build relationships and learn from your peers.

Online – The conference will be recorded and live streamed via a custom digital platform. The content will be available on demand for 14 days.