July 11, 2012

Live Q&A: early career researchers and the REF 2014

If you're a researcher in a UK HE institution, it's likely that you'll have heard about the REF 2014 - the Research Excellence Framework which assesses the quality of research in Higher Education institutions. Although not taking place until 2014, the REF is already having a substantial impact on universities and for early career researchers or those approaching the end of a PhD, the REF has signficant implications for career planning, job applications, and research/publication strategy.

So, how can ECRs best prepare themselves for the REF? Is your research profile REF-able, and how can you strengthen your publication record? What counts as "impact" in the context of the REF? How does the REF impact those in part-time or temporary positions? These are among the questions we'll be addressing in this Online Q&A session.

Join us on the blog from 12-12.45pm on Wednesday 18th July, where a panel of experts from the University of Warwick will be on hand to answer your questions about the REF and Impact. All you need to do is visit this blog and join in the discussion by replying in the comments - check back on the day for the dedicated live chat blog post to leave your question.


Giles Carden (Director, Management Information and Planning)

Sam Cole (Assistant Registrar, REF & Research Planning)

Nadine Lewycky (Arts Faculty Impact Officer)

The discussion will be chaired by Charlotte Mathieson, Early Career Researcher Project Officer (Impact) in the Wolfson Research Exchange.

In the meantime, you might like to read our 3 researcher articles on the REF 2014:

- 5 comments by 2 or more people

  1. Stephen Soanes

    I have two questions re the REF:
    (1) What weight is given to public engagement activities within the REF, relative to more traditional publications? (e.gs, websites, art installations etc…)
    (2) I personally find the REF demoralising, in much the same way no doubt that many school teachers cite over-regulation as an inhibitor on genuine innovation in secondary education. What safeguards have been built in to ensure this REF will achieve a genuine qualitiative depth of analysis and avoid bureaucratic ‘game playing’ that does little more than keep the statisticians happy, whilst draining the life and joy out of academic research?

    18 Jul 2012, 12:36

  2. Charlotte Mathieson

    Hi Stephen, I’ve posted your question over here:

    18 Jul 2012, 12:40


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