Category Archives: Policy and Governance

The Research Excellence Framework: What’s it all about?

Our next Academic Progressions Webinar: The Research Excellence Framework: What’s it all about? Taking place Monday 21 November 2016 – 13:00-14:00 This webinar will cover the basics of how the REF assessment works, the potential benefits and costs at an … Continue reading

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The Transformative Potential of Research

I speak with a lot of a researchers who resent the Impact agenda. One popular opinion posits that the exercises we use to predict or evaluate impact distract them from the work itself. I think this is in part due … Continue reading

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The REF: Sternly reviewed

As a postdoc at QMUL in the time leading up to last Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, I picked up on a certain unease amongst academics, one that I didn’t notice in the run up to its predecessor, the Research … Continue reading

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UK Research Funding and Culture, post Brexit

I think it’s fair to say that the June 23 Referendum result took the academic community by surprise. Arguably, even many outside the academy were surprised by it and even remorseful of this result.  This included former Prime Minister David Cameron who weeks … Continue reading

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QMUL retains its HR Excellence in Research Award

QMUL has retained its HR Excellence in Research Award, along with 13 other UK Higher Education Institutions, following an external review of our policies and efforts to support the development of our research staff. Professor Bill Spence, the Vice-Principal for … Continue reading

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Building relationships to inform government policy

One of the keys to a successful academic career is networking. Did you hear that? It was barely audible; the sound of academic disengagement. It’s not the full on (academic) disgust that you hear when someone presents already published research … Continue reading

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The TEF: Does one size fit all?

This was the question being pondered at a panel discussion at the Royal Society earlier this week. The room was filled with teachers, lecturers and researchers from various (predominantly southern) UK higher education institutions (HEIs), gauging from those who commented … Continue reading

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