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Vice Chancellor to speak at Westminster Higher Education Forum

Released: 16.04.15

Professor Cara Aitchison will speak at ‘Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework’.

As part of the agenda ‘Policy priorities and improvements for the post‐2014 REF’, which looks at the key issues following 2014 REF, Professor Aitchison will deliver a keynote, ‘The importance of the ‘impact’ criteria’ on 23 April at the Royal Society, London.

The seminar is supported by Elsevier to follow publication of last year's Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system by which the quality of research from UK HEIs is assessed - with significant implications for public funding for universities' research, for benchmarking, and for academic reputation.

Planned discussion will focus on the outcomes of the 2014 REF cycle and the impact they will have on universities going forward, as well as looking ahead to the design and implementation of the next REF.

Speakers include:

Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of St Mark and St John;Professor Dianne Berry, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, University of Reading; Dr Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics, Elsevier; Professor Anne Greenough, Director of Education and Training, King's College London and Chair, Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Advisory Committee, HEFCE; Professor Paul Grout, Professor of Political Economy, University of Bristol;Professor Tim Hall, Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Studies and Head of Applied Social Studies, University of Winchester; Dr Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent and Chair, Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA); Dr Catriona Manville, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe; Dr Charlotte Mathieson, Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick; John McCormack, Teaching Fellow in Management, University of Bristol and Co-author, Herding Cats? Management and University PerformanceAlan Palmer, Head of Policy and Research, million+; Professor Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice-Principal, University of Birmingham;Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Science & Democracy, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex; Director, The Nexus Network; and Chair, Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Professor John Wood, Secretary-General, Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Lord Bew, Professor of Irish Politics, Queen's University Belfast and Paul Jump, Senior Science and Research Reporter and Deputy Features and Opinions Editor, Times Higher Education will chair this seminar.

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