Forthcoming RENU EVENTS
USER DRIVEN RESEARCH 22ND APRIL 2021 9:30 – 12:00
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Research and Enterprise Network for Universities
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Draft Agenda and briefing: User Driven Research 22nd April 2021 9:30am – 12:00 pm
Welcome Prof John Senior, RENU Chair, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) University of Hertfordshire
9:30 – 10:20am SESSION ONE: USER COMMISSIONED RESEARCH – CONTRACT RESEARCH & EVALUATION
Chair Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Canterbury Christ Church University
“Meeting the Client Brief before, during and after the research”
Professor Simon Shibli, Director of Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University – confirmed
“Setting briefs and evaluating tenders”
Dr Cathy Vickers, Leader CRACK IT Challenges Programme and Head of Innovation at NC3Rs [National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research] – confirmed
“Experience of working with commercial companies”
Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Canterbury Christ Church University
“Discussion on issues raised in the presentations covering contract research and evaluation” Panel to include all speakers from session one.
10:20 – 10:30 Short Break
10:30 – 11:20am SESSION TWO: USER INVITED RESEARCH, CHALLENGE FUNDING
Chair Professor Zulf Ali, Research Professor & Director of Academic Research and Innovation Partnerships, University of Teesside.
“Building a Partnership for Challenge Funding”
Prof Mario Caccamo NIAB/EMR Lead Partner, Growing Kent and Medway (Strength in Places funded project) – confirmed
“Being the Academic Partner in a large ‘challenge funding’ bid”
Professor Colin Robinson, School of Biosciences, University of Kent lead for the Growing Kent & Medway project. Confirmed.
“Discussion on issues raised in the presentations covering user invited research and Challenge funding” Panel to include the speakers from session two
11:20 – 11:30 Short Break
11:30 – 12:00 SESSION 3: SEEKING AND ACHIEVING IMPACT FROM USER DRIVEN RESEARCH
Chair Professor Mike Weed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Canterbury Christ Church University
Panel discussion (all contributors above). Delegates can ask the panellists further questions about user driven research. Examples of questions to be covered in the session include:
What impact do users want? And who for?
How can researchers generate and/or support impact?
What is expected of researchers?
Issues of negotiating IP in commercial contracts whilst allowing universities to display impact
Discussion of where the pitfalls are in both public and private research collaborations and how people have overcome these
12:00 END OF EVENT
All discussions will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
This session will look at user commissioned research, contract research and evaluation.
Professor Simon Shibli, Director of Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University will speak about meeting the client brief, before, during and after the research. Professor Shibli is a graduate in Physical Education, Sport Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University. Since 2004 he has been the Director of the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, where he is also Professor of Sport Management. SIRC is a business unit within the University that has a turnover of £1m per annum and which employs 18 staff.
Dr Cathy Vickers, Leader CRACK IT Challenges Programme and Head of Innovation at NC3Rs [National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research] will also speak in this session. The CRACK IT Challenges programme was launched in 2011 to connect big business, academia and small companies across sectors in delivering ready-to-use products and services to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals, speed up product development and reduce R&D costs.
Both Professor Shibli and Dr Cathy Vickers will be on the panel for the discussion at the end of this session, where delegates can discuss in detail any issues around user commissioned research, contract research and evaluation.
This session will look at user invited research. Speakers Professor Mario Caccamo and Professor Colin Robinson will speak about their experiences with the Growing Kent & Medway project, which was recently awarded £18 million in funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund.
Professor Caccamo is the managing director of NIAB EMR, and will speak about building a partnership for Challenge funding. Professor Colin Robinson from the School of Biosciences, University of Kent will speak about being the academic partner in a large Challenge funding bid.
Professor Mario Caccamo was appointed as the Head of Crop Bioinformatics at NIAB on 1st August 2015 and Managing Director of NIAB EMR in 2017. He has led the work on the assembly of the first whole-genome release of the wheat reference sequence and was also one of the founding co-chairs of the expert working group within the Wheat Initiative focused on the deployment of an international Wheat Information System. Professor Caccamo continues with his leading role in the cereal bioinformatics communities at both national and international levels.
Professor Colin Robinson is a member of the Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Group and the Industrial Biotechnology Centre at the University of Kent. The Centre builds upon Kent strengths in Molecular Processing by integrating and linking the expertise and know-how at Kent to address molecular processing research in areas that cannot be addressed by traditional departments or groups alone.
Both Professor Caccamo and Professor Robinson will be on the discussion panel at the end of the session, where delegates can discuss in detail any issues around Challenge funding.
This session will include all previous speakers: Professor Simon Shibli, Dr Cathy Vickers, Professor Mario Caccamo, and Professor Colin Robinson.
All discussions will be held under the Chatham House Rule, whereby ‘When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.’
PREVIOUS EVENTS 2020
ROUNDTABLE EVENT: Civic Universities, KEF Update, REF2021 impact case studies
10:15 AM – 3:30 pm Wednesday 23RD SEPTEMBER 2020,
University of Hertfordshire
Richard Brabner is the director for the UPP Foundation, which recently founded the Civic University Commission [CUC]. Previously, he joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2009, where he was the university’s senior policy adviser, a job which combined policy and public affairs support to the university’s senior management team. Prior to this, he was a researcher in Parliament for two years after graduating from the University of Essex with a bachelor’s degree in modern history and politics in 2007.
Before taking up his current role, Alistair was Deputy Chief Executive, and prior to that Director of External Relations at Universities UK. Before joining UUK in 2013 he was a Director at the University of Birmingham and has previously held communications, campaigning and political relations roles for national organisations in both the public and private sectors. Alistair is currently a member of the Government’s high-level stakeholder working group on EU Exit, Universities and Research; a member of the Financial Services Skills Taskforce and sits on the steering group of the Industrial Strategy Council prosperity mapping project. He has previously held voluntary roles as Deputy Chair of the board of Wonkhe, a higher education policy media company; as a Commissioner of the UPP Civic Universities Commission; and as a member of the judging panel for both the Times Higher and Guardian University Awards. He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Leicester and the Institute of Education, University of London. Alistair is a fellow of the RSA.
Alice Frost is responsible for knowledge exchange policy and funding at Research England, having previously had this responsibility at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). At HEFCE, Alice had a wide-ranging set of policy roles, heading, at different times, policy, funding and quality assessment for research, learning and teaching and knowledge exchange. On secondment from HEFCE, she experienced research strategy in a university and led a local/regional university collaboration. Over many years, Alice has advised countries across Europe and Asia on following the UK model of a third stream of funding for knowledge exchange. Recently, she has specialized in commercialization policy.
Andy Hepburn, Head of REF Data Verification and Information Management, Research England
Andy leads the development of detailed audit and data verification procedures, managing information management policies and processes and leading other key submission processes for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). He is also responsible for implementing the procedures to verify data and other information contained in REF submissions.
· Dr Dana Vilistere, Research Impact Officer Oxford Brookes University
Terry Warren, Independent Impact Review Panel Member at University of Glasgow
Terry Warren was a member of the Business and Management Studies sub-panel 2014 as an impact assessor. He worked for BAE Systems for 16 years, his last role with them being an adviser on business change.
Morning session: Civic Universities and update on the Knowledge Exchange Framework
This session aims to inform and provide a wide scope for in depth discussion on the concept of civic universities as well as providing an update on the Knowledge Exchange Framework.
The session will start with a presentation by Richard Brabner, Director of the UPP Foundation. The UPP Foundation is a registered charity that offers grants to universities, charities and other higher education bodies and recently founded the Civic University Commission [CUC]. In the final report of the CUC, it stated ‘Civic Universities should enshrine their analysis and strategy in a Civic University Agreement [CUA] that is co-created and signed by other key civic partners. This could include several universities or educational institutions coming together in a single agreement.’ CUAs will be one of the aspects covered during the roundtable discussion as will the impact from civic university knowledge exchange in relation to the KEF.
Alice Frost, Director Knowledge Exchange UKRI, Research England, will then give an overview of the development of the knowledge exchange framework
After the presentations there will be a roundtable discussion, held under the Chatham House Rule, whereby ‘information disclosed during a meeting may be reported by those present, but the source of that information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified.’ The maximum number of delegates at the event will be 35 thus allowing everyone to have sufficient time to discuss all issues.
There will be a panel who will participate in the roundtable discussion, which includes Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, Alice Frost, and Richard Brabner.
Afternoon session: Impact Case Studies, REF 2021
This session will cover the development and use of impact case studies during REF2014 and applying the lessons learnt to REF2021.
The session will be chaired by RENU Executive committee member, Professor Glen McHale who is Pro Vice-Chancellor (REF) at Northumbria University. The first speaker will be Andy Hepburn, Head of REF Data Verification and Information Management at Research England. Andy will give a brief introduction to impact case studies for REF2021. Following his presentation will be Dr Dana Vilistere, Research Impact Officer at Oxford Brookes University, who will give a university perspective on impact case studies.
There will then be a roundtable discussion on impact case studies. We have invited speakers with panel experience from REF2014 to discuss their own experiences of impact case studies, their reach and significance. Confirmed speakers on impact case studies are:
Terry Warren, Independent Impact Review Committee member at the University of Glasgow, who was a member of the Business and Management Studies sub-panel 2014 as an impact assessor. He worked for BAE Systems for 16 years, his last role with them being an adviser on business change.
Each speaker will speak for 10 minutes about their own experience of being a panel member in REF2014 and then all delegates will be able to question the speakers and discuss how lessons can be learnt from impact case studies used in REF2014 and applied to REF2021. As per the morning session, all discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule.