Event Summary

Westminster Insight’s hybrid half-day Conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the changing priorities for research assessment in the UK. We will look at what a healthy, thriving research system looks like and how a future assessment model can best support this.

Amidst the evaluation of the REF2021, and following the launch of the FRAP consultation in May 2022 with the publication of initial decisions due this Spring, we will share expert insights on the indicators and priorities for responsible research assessment practice across the UK HE sector.

It’s important to understand next steps for research assessment, with the REF outcomes used to allocate around £2bn of public funding for universities’ research per year.* We will explore what lessons can be learnt from the REF2021, and international research assessment practice. We will look at approaches to encouraging collaboration rather than competition. What are the opportunities around environment, with calls for increased focus on indicators around people and culture?

Save this date in your diaries, and don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear expert insights on the next steps for research assessment. Listen to views and perspectives on research evaluation from a range of stakeholders. Learn from the latest developments. At this crucial time, share thoughts, ideas, and network with colleagues from across the UK.

*UKRI, March 2022

Key Topics

  • Understanding next steps and changes to research assessment
  • Hear from experts on what lessons can be learnt from the REF2021
  • Developing a healthy, inclusive and impactful research system
  • Insights into funding allocations for research assessment
  • Use of value-led indicators and environment statements
  • Improving collaboration across universities and moving beyond competition
  • Reducing the administrative and financial burden of the REF
  • Learning from international research assessment practice
  • Recognising strengths and weakness in research across higher education in the UK

Venue Details and Access

In-person – This conference will take place at Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS. Attend in person to network, build relationships and learn from your peers.