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REF 2021 Consultation: Summary of Responses

Today the four UK funding bodies published a summary of the responses to the ‘Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework (REF)’. This document summarises our analysis of the 388 formal responses we received, which informed our initial decisions which are set out in a separate document (REF 2017/01). The consultation, published in December 2016, set out proposals for implementing the recommendations of Lord Stern’s review of the REF: ‘Building on success and learning from experience’.

Summary of consultation responses: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rereports/year/2017/ref201702/

REF 2021 – Initital Decisions Published by HEFCE

Hefce have now released their initital decisions in relation to the next REF.  For further information please see the Yammer Research Support Group (use your University login and password details – https://www.yammer.com)

Access to the full publication from HEFCE:

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/rereports/year/2017/ref201701/

 

 

Impact & the REF – Introductory Session

Thank you to all who attended the sessions today on Impact & the REF.  If you were unable to attend today’s sessions, please take the time to have a look over the slides. If you haven’t yet booked for the 3 hour workshop session relevant to your unit of assessment please do as soon as possible (email SDbookings@northampton.ac.uk).

Impact and the REF Standard Sized Screen

If you have any questions please email dawn.hibbert@northampton.ac.uk

Note:  Recommendations from Lord Sterns Review in the REF: (Final guidelines to be published in Summer 2017)

  • Impact – Proposal for impact in REF 2021 is to remain consistent with REF 2014 process
  • Impacts are submitted by the institution or institutions in which the underpinning research has been conducted.
  • Impacts are submitted by the institution or institutions in which the underpinning research has been conducted.
  • Aspects captured by the impact template should be incorporated into the environment statement.
  • Propose to take account of the unit’s approach to supporting and enabling impact as an explicit section of the environment element of assessment – impact template would no longer be required.
  • 100% of the impact sub-profile would be attributed to the impact case studies.
  • Case study ratio should be based on HESA data on research active staff.
  • All institutions should be required to submit some institutional-level case studies which arise from multi- and interdisciplinary and collaborative work.
  • Proposed that case studies are submitted via a web form in REF 2021 that will include a number of mandatory fields.
  • Case studies should continue to be based on research of demonstrable quality, but could be linked to a research activity and a body or work as well as to specific research outputs.
  • Proposed that examples of impact in REF 2021 must be underpinned by excellent research, research activity, or a body of work produced by the submitting unit in the period from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2020.

Impact & the REF

“In the 2021 REF the University of Northampton will submit and celebrate the excellent research it has done, and is doing, to underpin the delivery of the Changemaker Challenges and the University’s mission of Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change. The interdisciplinary nature of much of our research will be made overt. We will particularly focus on the impact our research has had, locally, nationally and internationally, and the ways the implementation of research findings (the application of our new knowledge) has improved the lives of people, and their environments.” Professor Simon Denny (Executive Dean: Research, Impact and Enterprise).

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system used for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  In order to facilitate preparation for the next REF, two meetings have been scheduled for all staff on the 19th of May.

12 pm to 1 pm – Park Campus – DLT (Delapre Lecture Theatre)

2 pm to 3 pm – Avenue Campus – MR 5

Further meetings have been scheduled to look deeper at impact and case studies for units of assessment for the next REF. These are 3 hour meetings which will look in detail at what makes a 4 star impact case study and how we can apply that to our own research.

Please ensure that you come along to the meeting that is relevant to you, if you are unsure of which meeting to attend please contact your Research Leader.

24th May – 09:30 am to 12:30 pm – Mechanical Engineering, Art and Design, Geography, Computing – Avenue Campus – MY120

7th June – 1 pm to 4 pm Allied Health & Psychology – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm – English and History – Park Campus – C317

9th June – 1 pm to 4 pm – Education, Business and Law – Park Campus – C317

Note – these are based on units of assessment, not faculty structures.

Please do prioritise these dates, and attend if at all possible.

Please email SDBookings@northampton.ac.uk to book your place.

If you are a PG Student, please contact dawn.hibbert@ed.ac.uk for booking.

The next REF and Open Access

 

Research outputs that do not meet HEFCE’s open access policy access and deposit requirements will not be able to be submitted to the next REF… this can not be changed retrospectively… Need to know what to do?  Tune in to a webinar on the 2nd of May at 3 pm and find out everything that you need to know to ensure your outputs are compliant.

None of the following will make an output eligible for submission…

“I put it in Research Gate”

“I put it in Academia”

“I didn’t know about it”

“I didn’t have the time”

“I don’t know what I am meant to do”

“But I’m not submitting this artilce to the REF anyway”

SIGN UP NOW!

 

 

Questions about Open Access and the next REF?

Had an article accepted for publication?  Busy writing up your article to submit to a journal?  Make sure that your article doesn’t become ineligible due to a simple administrative oversight.

In order to be eligible for submission in the next REF (Research Excellence Framework) all journal articles and conference proceedings that were accepted for publication from the 1st of April must be deposited in NECTAR as soon as they are accepted, and no later than three months from the date of acceptance.

Dawn Hibbert, Head of Research Support will take you through HEFCE’s (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Open Access Policy and 5 steps that have been designed to ensure that your research outputs meet HEFCE’s requirements.

It is important that all journal articles and conference proceedings (not just those to be submitted to the REF) meet these requirements, or it will count against the Universtiy in the next REF.

Get your ticket here…

OA and the REF Webinar

 

Ensure your research outputs are eligible for the next REF… in 5 Simple Steps!

You have spent many long hours pouring over your research, verifying your findings, finding the best journal to submit to (before submitting do check on Think Check Submit to ensure you are publishing in a trusted journal), your article is accepted for publication… before the celebrations begin… take a few minutes to ensure that you article does not become ineligible for submission in the next REF.

Ensure that you upload the accepted manuscript to NECTAR (Institutional Repository) as soon as your article is accepted… Well.. Okay.. Maybe the day after, when the celebrations are over… But before you start work on your next output… And within a month of acceptance. This gives our staff time to check through the output and metadata and make any changes necessary, whilst also ensuring that your research output will not fail to be submitted to the REF due to failing to comply with an administrative process.

Please take a moment to check out our five simple steps, that will ensure that your outputs remain eligible for submission in the next REF.

Resources for Research

If you need information or have questions about:

  • open access
  • research data management
  • HEFCE’s open access policy
  • Non-Compliant Journals for the next REF
  • Predatory Journals
  • Payment of Article Processing Charges

Please check out our recently added “Resources” tab in the Research Hub!

Dates changes to NECTAR deposits

We’ve made some changes to the way dates are recorded in NECTAR with a new plugin called Dates, Dates, Dates. This will enable us to capture multiple date types for research outputs, which will improve the data we record, and enable us to capture required information to support HEFCE, RCUK and other funder policies.

This post explains the changes and tells you what you need to know to use the new Dates field.

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REF – OPEN ACCESS

Each Unit of Assessment will need to submit a section on “open research”, detailing the submitting unit’s open access strategy, including where this goes above and beyond the REF open access policy requirements, and wider activity to encourage the effective sharing and managment of research data.

To assist us in meeting this criteria, please ensure that all research outputs that are accepted for publication are uploaded to NECTAR as soon as they have been accepted

Note – copyright will be checked, and all publisher’s policies will be respected. What can be made open, will be!

Note – by depositing your work in NECTAR this does not make your work automatically open access.

If you have any questions about embargo periods or credibility of journals that you are looking to publish in please email openaccess@northampton.ac.uk

Open Access Requirements for all journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication from the 1st of April 2016 are:

Deposit – within 3 months of acceptance

Embargo Periods – 12 months – Panel A and B (STEM), 24 Months Panel C and D