Forthcoming RENU EVENTS

RENU spring conference 19th May 2017: ‘REF2021 and KEF mechanics in a  UKRI future’

10:30 – 3.20pm,

The Central Committee Room (CCR), MacLaurin Building, de Havilland Campus (campus map)

University of Hertfordshire

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Cost:

Register for the full day:

  • full day event member rate  £180
  • University of Hertfordshire full day event staff member rate £140
  • full day event non-member £250

Register for either an am or pm session:

  • half day am or pm member rate £90
  • University of Hertfordshire half day staff member rate £50
  • half day am or pm non-member rate £160

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The ambition is simple. In her recent Lancaster House speech, the prime minister stated her desire that Britain should be one of the best places in the world for research and innovation. UKRI will help to ensure that the UK maintains this position by creating a research funding system greater than the sum of its parts. … It will achieve this by working closely with all of the communities for whom it is vital that UK research and innovation continues to be an outstanding success. Watch this space.’

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive Designate of UKRI (UK Research and Innovation).

Source: Article “Sir Mark Walport: my ambition as first chief of UKRI”, Times Higher Education, 2nd February 2017.

On 19th May RENU will hold its Spring conference looking at ‘REF2021 and KEF mechanics in an uncertain future’.

Our keynote speaker on REF will be David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange) HEFCE and Executive Chair Designate of Research England, who will speak about ‘REF mechanics in an uncertain future’.This will be followed by a panel discussion examining the REF 2021 in light of the new UKRI funding institution, as well as Brexit, ‘Brexodus’ and Indyref2. The discussion is expected to be wide ranging ad may include funding and partnerships at the European level, research student visas and funding, as well as other issues, which RENU members may be concerned about in relation to research, enterprise, innovation and knowledge exchange at their institutions. On the expert panel we also have Tom Fostick, Policy and Programmes Manager, (Research and International), University Alliance, and further panellists will be confirmed.

In the afternoon session on the KEF, Alice Frost, Head of Knowledge Exchange policy, HEFCE will speak on:

– establishment of Research England in UKRI
– the implications of the Government’s Industrial Strategy
– the KE Framework, McMillan review and the BEIS study of ke and
commercialisation transactions (in industrial strategy)
– HEFCE /Research England funding, heif and the Connecting Capability
Fund

Prof Sue Baxter Director of Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships, Brighton University will also speak on: KE policy and Brighton University: preparing for the KEF

This will be folllowed by a roundtable discussion with an expert panel comprising Alice Frost, Sue Baxter and Paul Manners, Director, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

 

There will be a panel discussion on the KEF with the following panellists:

  • Alice Frost Head of Knowledge Exchange policy, HEFCE Confirmed
  • Paul Manners Director, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Confirmed

 

  • Sue Baxter, Director of Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships, Brighton University Confirmed

 

  • Helen Lewis, Director of Research and Enterprise Division, University of East Anglia

 

  • Vanessa Cuthill, Director – Research and Enterprise Office, > University of Essex
 

 

Background

The combined resource allocation of the research councils in 2016-17 is £2.7 billion. HEFCE’s research funding allocation for 2016-17 is £1.7billion. Innovate UK’s core budget for 2016-17 is £561 million. The UK Government has produced the Higher Education and Research Bill, which is currently under debate in parliament. The Bill revokes the Royal Charters of the current research councils and Innovate UK and provides for the establishment of UKRI as a new non-departmental public body with nine committees (referred to as Councils): the seven research councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. The functions of UKRI, which the Bill’s Explanatory Notes state reflect the royal charters of the current research councils and Innovate UK, are set out as:a) carry out research into science, technology, humanities and new ideas,b) facilitate, encourage and support research into science, technology, humanities and new ideas,c) facilitate, encourage and support the development and exploitation of science, technology and new ideas,d) collect, disseminate and advance knowledge in and in connection with science, technology, humanities and new ideas,e) promote awareness and understanding of science, technology, humanities and new ideas,f) provide advice on any matter relating to any of its functions, andg) promote awareness and understanding of its activities.[source: http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7608/CBP-7608.pdf].Within these changes to the framework of research funding, the next REF is scheduled for 2021 and there are also plans for a Knowledge Exchange Framework.

As well as REF2021, this event will cover the Knowledge Exchange Framework [KEF]. As the HEFCE website states:“The framework is intended to increase efficiency and effectiveness in use of public funding for knowledge exchange (KE), to further a culture of continuous improvement in university KE by providing a package of support to keep English university knowledge exchange operating at world class standard. It aims to address the range of different KE activities.”The Steering group of experts is currently headed by Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University and HEFCE KE framework champion.We will be inviting a member of the committee as well as representatives from HEFCE and other organisations for an afternoon panel discussion on the KEF.  

Download draft agenda CONFERENCE: REF & KEF Mechanics in a UKRI future, Friday 19th May 2016, 10:30 – 3.20pm, University of Hertfordshire 10 – 10:30

 

9:45 – 10:15 Coffee and registration
 10:15 RENU AGM
10:30 REF Mechanics in an uncertain future – Welcome Prof. Alison McCleery, RENU Chair and Professor of Geography, Edinburgh Napier University – Confirmed
10:35 – 11:35 Keynote Lecture:

Keynote Lecture: Our keynote speaker on REF will be David Sweeney, Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange) HEFCE and Executive Chair Designate of Research England, who will speak about ‘REF mechanics in a UKRI Future’.

This will be followed by a panel discussion examining the REF 2021 in light of the new UKRI funding institution, as well as Brexit, ‘Brexodus’ and Indyref2, recognising that HEFCE representatives cannot discuss matters relating to future government policy due to the forthcoming general election.

 

 

11:35 – 12:35 Introduction to roundtable discussion on REF 2021- Chair, Prof John Senior, University of Hertfordshire – confirmedPeople invited to participate in the expert panel

  • David Sweeney Director (Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange) HEFCE Confirmed
  • Tom Fostick, Policy and Programmes Manager, (Research and International), University Alliance
  • Representative from Anglia Ruskin University (TBC)

Each person will give a brief overview of their thoughts on REF 2021 followed by a general roundtable discussion on members’ issues in relation to the next REF.

12:35 – 1:15 LUNCH
KEF Mechanics in an uncertain future: Introduction to roundtable discussion on Knowledge Exchange Framework- Chair, Prof Mark Gray, Middlesex University – confirmed
1:15 – 2:00 Professor Sue Baxter, Director of Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships, Brighton University to speak on KE policy and Brighton University: preparing for the KEF -Confirmed
2:00 – 2:15  Alice Frost (Head of Knowledge Exchange policy, HEFCE) to speak on – establishment of Research England in UKRI
– the implications of the Government’s Industrial Strategy
– the KE Framework, McMillan review and the BEIS study of ke and
commercialisation transactions (in industrial strategy)
– HEFCE /Research England funding, heif and the Connecting Capability
Fund

 

The presentation will recognise teh fact that HEFCE representatives cannot discuss matters relating to future government policy due to the forthcoming general election.

2:15 – 3:15 Roundtable discussion on KEF with expert panel:Sue Baxter Director of Research, Enterprise and Social Partnerships, Brighton University ConfirmedAlice Frost (Head of Knowledge Exchange policy, HEFCE) ConfirmedPaul Manners (Director, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement) ConfirmedHelen Lewis, Director of Research and Enterprise Division, University of East Anglia

Vanessa Cuthill, Director – Research and Enterprise Office, > University of Essex

Each person to give a brief overview of their thoughts on KEF and then all delegates will have the opportunity to discuss their own issues in relation to the next KEF.

3.20 End of Event

 

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