Research England blog

03 September 2018
Busting REF myths
Busting REF myths

We’ve heard many REF myths in our time, and with the publication in July of the draft guidance and criteria, we’ve been keeping our ears to the ground to stay alert for any that are gathering particular momentum.

By Kim Hackett, Catriona Firth
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Tags: Stern review, Excellence, Research Policy, Myths, Research, REF 2021
31 August 2018
Research England – Staff circumstances and submissions to REF 2021
Research England – Staff circumstances and submissions to REF 2021

Draft guidance on making submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in July 2018, proposes how researchers’ personal circumstances should be accounted for when making submissions for the next REF.

By Dianne Berry, Kim Hackett
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Tags: Equality and diversity, Submission to REF, Staff submissions, REF 2021
27 July 2018
Open access and monographs
Open access and monographs

In December 2016, the four UK higher education (HE) funding bodies signalled their intent to extend the open access (OA) requirements of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) to include long-form scholarly works and monographs in the exercise after REF 2021.

By Helen Snaith
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Tags: Monographs, Higher education, Open Access
09 July 2018
The missing ingredient in innovation: patience
The missing ingredient in innovation: patience

The following article from Professor David Gann of Imperial College, with Mark Dodgson of Queensland University, re-published from the World Economic Forum, describes why ‘patient capital’ is so crucial for universities and government working to achieve a target of 2.4 per cent investment in research and development by 2027.

By Mark Dodgson, David Gann, Alice Frost
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Tags: Patient Capital, Economy, Universities, Industrial Strategy, Research & Development, Investment, Commercialisation, Innovation, Knowledge exchange
06 July 2018
How the Maxwell Centre is bringing together the full spectrum of science and engineering in west Cambridge
How the Maxwell Centre is bringing together the full spectrum of science and engineering in west Cambridge

Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, Director, Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge explains how funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund has helped create new activities in science and engineering in Cambridge.

By Professor Sir Richard Friend
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Tags: Universities, Physics, Investment, Maxwell Centre, UKRPIF
05 July 2018
Underpinning research excellence: a case for capital funded projects
Underpinning research excellence: a case for capital funded projects

Senior Policy Advisor at Research England, Helen Snaith, assesses the impact of the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund over the last six years and looks at how the scheme will continue to have impact.

By Helen Snaith
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Tags: Universities, Investment, Partnership, UKRPIF, Co-Investment, Research
05 July 2018
Fighting cancer's drug resistance with an evolutionary approach to research
Fighting cancer's drug resistance with an evolutionary approach to research

Dr Sam Dick of the Cancer Research Institute, London, talks about how a £30m grant from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund will go towards constructing a new multidisciplinary Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery.

By Dr Sam Dick
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Tags: Universities, Investment, Cancer, Co-Investment, Cancer Research, UKRPIF
05 July 2018
Collaborative research efforts can keep the UK at the cutting edge of the rail sector
Collaborative research efforts can keep the UK at the cutting edge of the rail sector

Siemens’ Head of Innovation, Jo Binstead, looks at how collaboration between industry and academia can help the UK remain a world-leader in rail.

By Jo Binstead
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Tags: Universities, Investment, Partnership, UKRPIF, Co-Investment, Research
14 June 2018
The institutions have spoken
The institutions have spoken

Today, Research England released the results of a survey they ran in August last year in conjunction with the former RCUK, Wellcome and Jisc. Cambridge University was one of the 113 institutions that answered a significant number of questions about how we were managing compliance with various open access policies.

By Danny Kingsley
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Tags: responsible metrics, REF 2021, Open research, Higher education, Research outputs, Open Access
14 June 2018
REFlecting on progress towards open access
REFlecting on progress towards open access

A report published today shows that the UK is making huge strides towards open access. Over eighty percent of outputs that are within scope of the REF OA policy are meeting the policy requirements.

By Helen Snaith, Claire Fraser
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Tags: Subscription, Publication, Research outputs, Open research, Higher education, Open Access
27 April 2018
Nurturing 'islands' of excellence in a developing UK research landscape
Nurturing 'islands' of excellence in a developing UK research landscape

We invited Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen and chair of the Expanding Excellence in England (E3) assessment panel, to share his thoughts on developments in the UK’s research landscape and the potential for Research England’s first new funding scheme

By Ian Diamond
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Tags: Research, Universities, Higher education, Research funding, Expanding Excellence
25 April 2018
A researcher's perspective on responsible metrics for research
A researcher's perspective on responsible metrics for research

We asked Imperial College’s Professor Christopher Jackson about his experiences as a researcher and the metrics culture, and his impressions of the February 2018 event on the responsible use of metrics.

By Chris Jackson
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Tags: metrics, research metrics, responsible metrics
16 April 2018
Research England – shaping university research and knowledge exchange
Research England – shaping university research and knowledge exchange

David Sweeney, Research England's Executive Chair, sets out Research England's role in sustaining the conditions in English universities that will enable the country to remain a world leader in the higher education sector.

By David Sweeney
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Tags: Knowledge exchange, Research, Universities, Higher education, Impact
Over 80% of research outputs meet requirements of REF 2021 open access policy
Over 80% of research outputs meet requirements of REF 2021 open access policy

A report published today by Research England shows that UK universities are working hard to ensure that they are compliant with funders’ open access policies.

By David Sweeney
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Tags: Subscription, Publication, Research outputs, Open research, Higher education, Open Access