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1 REF2014 Pauline Muya Jo Lakey

2 2 Contents 1What is the REF? 2Elements of Assessment: Outputs, Environment, Impact 3REF Timetable 4Staff eligibility 5Code of Practice 6Staff circumstances

3 What is the REF? Part of the system of funding HEIs Funding formula requires a measure of research quality Previously called Research Assessment Exercise (1986 – 2008), now Research Excellence Framework (2014 onwards) Quality judgements by discipline-based panels of expert peer reviewers Each unit of assessment awarded quality profile (0 to 4*) Results translated into funding formula multiplier 3

4 Selectivity and Performance Funding is increasingly selective % of QR funds to 26 HEIs % of QR funds to 23 HEIs, 27% QR funds to big four HEIs – 30% to big four Selective funding drives sector performance in the period since the first RAE in 1986, the effectiveness and productivity of the UK research base has significantly increased The Role of Selectivity and the Characteristics of Excellence, Evidence Ltd,

5 Quality Profiles By percentage of research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard Sub-Panel xCat A FTE Staff submitted for assessment 4*3*2*1*Unclassified University A University B

6 Overall quality profile: education 66 Research Outputs Research EnvironmentEsteem Indicators 4*3*2*1*u/c *3*2*1*u/c % 20 4* u/c1*2*3* 4*3*2*1*u/c % 10% Quality Level % of Research Activity

7 Funding the RAE2008 Funding Councils take profiles and devise a funding formula (each FC uses a different formula and it can change each year) Formula is adjusted to fit overall funds available Further performance improvement across the sector Prioritisation of STEM subjects Further concentration of resources – islands of excellence volume changes relative quality changes 7

8 IOE Funding from RAE FTE entered 35% 4*, 30% 3*, 25% 2*, 10% 1* Funding allocated 3:1 in favour of 4*:3*, no funds for 2* and lower Funding in 2012/13 of £7,854,108 8

9 Research Excellence Framework Selection of outputs from members of research active staff Research environment: grant funding, PGR students, research degrees awarded New element of Impact Profiles will be 65% outputs, 15% environment, 20% impact 9

10 10 REF Timetable Intention to submit:December 2012 Submit:November 2013 Results:December 2014 Funding decision:March 2015 Funding:August 2015 Census date 31 October 2013 Outputs 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2013 Environment and Impact 1 January 2008 to 31 July 2013 Data 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2013

11 11 Elements of Assessment Research outputs 65% Originality, significance and rigour Environment 15% Sustainability and vitality Impact 20% Significance and reach

12 12 Outputs The sub-panels will assess the quality of submitted research outputs in terms of their originality, significance and rigour, with reference to international research quality standards All forms of outputs: articles, books, chapters, exhibitions, performances, compositions, media, reports, patents, software, etc.

13 13 Outputs

14 14 Environment Criteria: Vitality will be understood as the extent to which a unit provides an encouraging environment for research, has an effective strategy, is engaged with the national and international research and user communities, and is able to attract excellent postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers Sustainability will be assessed by considering leadership, vision for the future and investment in people and infrastructure and, where appropriate for the subject area, the extent to which activity is supported by a portfolio of research funding

15 15 Environment: elements Data relating to research income and doctoral degrees awarded Overview – 0%, Panel C gives equal weighting to all other sections

16 16 Impact Two criteria for impact: how significant or transformative the impacts have been their reach (how widely the impacts have been felt)

17 17 Impact: general guidance Impact will count for 20% of overall profile Research conducted at institution Underpinning research has to be of high quality (deemed 2* or originating from a peer-reviewed competitive project) 2 case-studies up to FTE, 1 more every 10 FTE Research between January 1993 and December 2013 Impact occurring between January 2008 and July 2013 Impact statement to describe approach to impact and future strategies (20%) Assessors from user communities

18 Staff eligibility Contract of at least 0.2 FTE All staff on teaching & research or research only contracts as per HESA definitions Independent researchers – usually Grade 8 and above, but some Grade 7 staff will be eligible (i.e. John Adams Fellows) Not eligible if employed to carry out another individuals research programme rather than as independent researchers in their own right Usually 4 outputs for each staff member submitted 18

19 Code of Practice Institutional practices that ensure the REF submission is transparent, inclusive and consistent Staff circumstances survey – December 2012 Standard circumstances (maternity/early career/part-time) Complex circumstances (case by case) Inclusion threshold – not yet decided 19

20 Clearly defined circumstances: ECR 20 Date at which the individual first met the REF definition of an early career researcher: Number of outputs may be reduced by up to: On or before 31 July Between 1 August 2009 and 31 July 2010 inclusive1 Between 1 August 2010 and 31 July 2011 inclusive2 On or after 1 August 20113

21 Clearly defined circumstances: part-time working, secondment, career break Total months absent between 1 January 2008 and 31 October 2013 due to working part-time, secondment or career break: Number of outputs may be reduced by up to: or more3 21

22 Clearly defined circumstances: maternity, paternity or adoption leave Individuals may reduce the number of outputs by one, for each discrete period of: Statutory maternity leave or statutory adoption leave taken substantially during the period 1 January 2008 to 31 October 2013, regardless of the length of the leave Additional paternity or adoption leave lasting for four months or more, taken substantially during the period 1 January 2008 to 31 October

23 Complex circumstances Circumstances which have impacted on an individuals ability to work productively throughout the assessment period Confidential submission via the staff survey Panel will make decisions about the number of outputs each member of staff needs to submit Panel will consist of HR, RCS and academic representatives Appeals panel 23

24 IOE Preparations Internal REF exercise Reviews over Spring term with feedback April 2013 Decisions about threshold for inclusion made by Director, advised by Pro- Director, Research and Development and theme leaders Combined with results of staff survey to determine which staff will be submitted 24

25 25 Any questions? Institute of Education University of London 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL Tel +44 (0) Fax +44 (0) Web

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