20 Tavistock Square
This one-day, national conference is for those with strategic responsibility for research and innovation in universities, research institutes, and the wider higher education sector. It will also be useful for active researchers. This conference will offer delegates the opportunity to examine the changing research infrastructure and landscape, and to discuss issues and developments facing institutions and individual researchers.
The research infrastructure and landscape in the UK is undergoing significant change, in particular, the establishment of UKRI and Research England, and the implications of Brexit. With REF 2021 nearing closer, it is a significant time for researchers at UK universities.
The role of higher education institutions in research, innovation and industrial strategy is expanding and shifting. At this conference we will hear from a diverse range of speakers on their views on the changes ahead. This conference will support those responsible for research and research strategy in higher education to further understand how the changes affect them, and how to align their research strategy most effectively. The conference will also provide opportunities for the sharing of best practice, and you will hear others' experiences of negotiating and responding to a changing policy and political landscape.
Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
Dr Annette Bramley, Director, N8
Dr Craig Walker, Director, White Rose University Consortium
Dr Sarah Perkins, Director, GW4
Vanessa Cuthill, Eastern Arc
Dr Janet Metcalfe, Head, Vitae and Dr Katie Wheat, Head
of Higher Education Engagement, Vitae
Following the recent report from the Concordat Independent Review Panel, workshop participants will have the opportunity to consider in groups how the recommendations might be implemented, and collectively discuss the potential opportunities for the sector. Discussion will address how cultural change can be realised through our combined actions and how to mobilise the relevant audiences to participate in the conversation.
The workshop will include an overview and updates on the Concordat review and consultation plans to date. Outcomes from the workshop be fed into the sector consultation and engagement activities, leading to the revision and publication of a new Concordat in 2019.
Dr Adam Wright. Deputy Head of Policy (HE & Skills), British Academy and Dr Joanna Thornborough, Policy Adviser (HE & Skills), British Academy
This session aims to discuss options for improving the nexus between AHSS research degree programmes and the range of career and life pathways for doctoral graduates, now and in the future. Attendees will learn more about the work of the British Academy's Flagship Skills Programme and current research and evidence on the future of postgraduate research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
James Parry, Chief Executive, UKRIO
Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre For Public Engagement and Lesley Paterson, Head of Public Engagement with Research, University of Oxford
This session will:
· Sharing key insights from the NCCPE review of public engagement in REF 2014 which found that public engagement is pervasive and varies across disciplines
· Unpacking what high-quality and impactful 'public engagement' looks like and the different approaches that can be used across the cycle of research
· Clarifying the kinds of impact that arise from public engagement and how they can be evidenced
· Suggesting ways to support public engagement in your HEI for REF 2021 and beyond, informed by the University of Oxford's approach
Rachel Bruce, UKRI
Liam Earney, Director, Jisc Collections
Kim Hackett, REF Director, Research England
Dianne Berry, Chair of the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel
Amelia Dearman, Policy Officer, Wellcome and Rachel Persad, Policy Manager (Research & Innovation), GuildHE
This session will explore the balance of research and innovation spending in the UK. We will discuss a recent report that makes the case for Quality-Related funding, how we can use evidence to advocate for the dual-funding system, and how this system will be critical to reaching the Government's 2.4% GDP target.
Rt Hon Lord David Willetts FRS, former Universities and Science Minister
Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UKRI
Professor Davies has been the Vice-Chancellor of
Swansea University since October 2003. Under his leadership, the
University has adopted a radical and ambitious agenda for change, building on
strengths and attracting substantial external investment to accelerate the pace
of development. This includes a Medical School and a large new Science
and Innovation Campus, both pioneering new ways of partnership with industry
and business. Professor Davies’ perspective on higher education is, in his own
words, “traditional but still relevant”. He emphasises that the University has
a role in developing confidence and character, preparing students for a good
life not just a good career. He also encourages his colleagues across the
University to have the same aspirations for the students they teach as they
have for their own sons and daughters or other relatives. Professor Davies was
brought up in West Wales. He studied Engineering at Cambridge and obtained a
PhD at Bristol University. He has held academic appointments at Bristol,
UWIST (now Cardiff), and Lancaster Universities. As an applied
statistician, Professor Davies has worked across an unusually wide range of
disciplines including Medicine, Metallurgy, and Social Science. Most of
his academic research was concerned with the development and application of
statistical methods for the analysis of repeated measurements. He has
worked extensively with industry and has also undertaken contract research for
Annette joined the N8 Research Partnership as Director in January 2018.
Previously working for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Annette brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience from a career that spans numerous senior positions. She will probably be best known to the research and business communities in the North from her most recent role as Head of Healthcare Technologies, where she has had particularly significant success in galvanising multidisciplinary research collaborations between researchers and between funders. She also brings to the N8 strong experience of organisational change, having played a prominent role in the successful transfer of EPSRC's grants services to a shared service centre, including the implementation of a new IT system. Other roles in EPSRC have included Head of Mathematical Sciences, Complexity Science and Engineering.
Annette is also an artist and student at the Royal School of Needlework, graduating last year from the Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery and is now studying for the Diploma. Her work has been exhibited by the Royal School and in galleries in the UK. She feels that her love for both the arts and the sciences are one of the reasons that she is so passionate about multidisciplinary research and bringing people together to address real world challenges.
Before joining White Rose in 2009, Craig worked at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), managing research investments, as well as engaging with the academic community, industry and other funding agencies both in the UK and internationally.
Craig's background is in electronics, semiconductors and lasers. He is a graduate of the University of York and has a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Craig also worked as a researcher at Cardiff University.
As Director of the White Rose University Consortium, Craig provides leadership to our initiatives to further research, training and knowledge exchange activity across the White Rose universities.
Dr Sarah Perkins is the GW4 Director, with responsibility for leading and managing the GW4 Alliance, and developing and delivering its overall strategy. Established in 2013, the GW4 Alliance brings together four of the most research-intensive and innovative universities in the UK; Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. The GW4 Alliance aims to cultivate our regional economy, develop a highly skilled workforce and enhance the research and innovation ecosystem for the South West and Wales.
Prior to this role, Sarah managed a world class research portfolio at Imperial College London's Faculty of Medicine, one of the largest medical faculties in Europe. Her achievements were recognised in 2013 when she was shortlisted in the Women of the Future Awards. Sarah is also a Fellow of Westminster Abbey Institute and has a PhD in oncology.
Vanessa Cuthill is the Director of the Research
and Enterprise Office at the University of Essex. She took up this role in
September 2016 having previously worked in various senior roles in UK Research
Councils and the higher education sector. In her role at the University of
Essex, Vanessa and her team collaborate with the University of Kent and the
University of East Anglia as part of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium
Dr Janet Metcalfe is Head of Vitae, providing world class career and professional development for researchers. She leads on Vitae's activities relating to the Concordat to support the career development of researchers. She recently published the Research England / Office for Students (OfS) funded 'Exploring wellbeing and mental health associated support services for postgraduate researchers' and will lead on the evaluation of the Post-Graduate Research Catalyst Fund programme. Her publications include the 'What do researchers do?' series of publications exploring the landscape of researchers' careers and 'Five Steps Forward' (2017), evidencing ten years' progress in implementing the Concordat since its launch in 2008.
Dr Katie Wheat is Head of Higher
Education Engagement at Vitae, leading world class researcher development to
realise the potential of researchers in the UK and internationally. Her
responsibilities include engaging with Vitae’s community and audiences on
policy and provision for researcher development, through to delivery of
training and events. She is a passionate advocate for the importance of
career development and equality of opportunity and fulfils this passion through
relationships with researcher networks in the UK and internationally.
Particular areas of interest include wellbeing, independence, and intersectoral
mobility. Before joining Vitae, Katie was a postdoctoral researcher in
psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, during which
time she co-founded the #ECRchat online peer-mentoring community for early
Adam joined the British Academy in February 2018 after several years as Lead Policy Officer at the National Union of Students and as Senior Policy Adviser to the Royal Society. Prior to this, Adam taught political theory at the University of Essex and worked on research projects relating to international aid and UN peacekeeping. Adam has been a member of Higher Education Funding Council for England's Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and was closely involved in the design of postgraduate student finance in England and Wales. He is a member of Council at the University of Essex and Vice Chair of Governors at Hazelmere Junior School.
Joanna's background is in medieval history, having conducted doctoral research into early medieval saints' cults and lives, for which she received her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2015. Having completed her PhD, Joanna continued to teach on a variety of historical and interdisciplinary courses whilst also taking up a role in university undergraduate administration at the same institution. Joanna subsequently became Policy Officer for research degrees at the University of St Andrews, before moving south in September 2018 to join The British Academy as a Policy Adviser for Higher Education and Skills.
James is Chief Executive of the UK Research Integrity Office. Joining UKRIO in 2006, he took up his current role in 2008, overseeing UKRIO's transition to a registered charity supported by more than 80 research organisations.
He directs UKRIO's work programme and leads its advisory service, responding to queries and concerns about research practice from researchers and the public. He helped develop UKRIO's Code of Practice for Research and other publications, used by many leading research organisations.
James works with UKRIO's subscribers to provide them with tailored support on research practice. He regularly speaks on how to sustain and enhance research integrity; recent audiences have included the Royal Society, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Irish National Forum on Research Integrity and the inaugural UK Research Integrity Forum.
Prior to joining UKRIO James worked as an archaeologist and a university administrator.
Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at UWE and founding director of the UK's National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). The NCCPE was established in 2008 to support universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work. The NCCPE is widely recognised for its expertise in supporting organisational change, partnership working, impact assessment and innovation in engagement.
Paul's whole career has been education related. He trained as a secondary English teacher and after teaching for five years, joined the BBC where his credits include the long running BBC2 series, 'Rough Science'. He was an executive producer in BBC Learning, responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns, including the People's War project, gathering tens of thousands personal reminiscences about WWII into an online archive. He is chair of the National Trust's advisory group on Collections and Interpretation.
Lesley's role at Oxford is to be a key player in fostering culture change at Oxford in which high-quality Public Engagement with Research can flourish. She has worked in public engagement and communications for 20 years, with expertise and experience in the development and delivery of strategy, culture change, evaluation, grant funding, public dialogue, stakeholder engagement and training.
Lesley is also a National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Associate; a Trustee for IF - the new Oxford Science and Ideas Festival; Co-I and Senior Public Engagement Advisor for the £5M Wellcome-funded research programme Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) and a member of Wellcome's Expert Panel for Public Engagement Research Enrichment.
Prior to Oxford, Lesley was the Royal Academy of Engineering's first Head of Public Engagement before becoming the Academy's Head of Communications and Engagement responsible for all the 'pubs' - public engagement, public relations, public affairs and publications.
Previous positions include Public Engagement Project Manager for the Wellcome Trust where she managed grant programmes and a programme of events to encourage networking and shared learning between practitioners and researchers; Science Writer for creator of Dolly the Sheep - Professor Ian Wilmut and Project Officer for the University of Edinburgh's 'Sci-Fun' outreach programme.
For the current year Rachel will be working for UK research and innovation in the Strategy Unit, and on the open science policy area.
Rachel is also Director of open science and research lifecyle at Jisc, and is responsible for Jisc's research strategy and activities across open research and research management. Rachel has overseen the development of digital infrastructure for research, including repositories with UK universities, and research data practice and infrastructure, and been an advisor to the EC on the European Open Science Cloud, as well as a member of the UK Open research data taskforce and Forum for responsible research metrics.
Liam Earney is Director of Jisc Collections, the unit of Jisc responsible for the licensing and negotiation of agreements for digital content on behalf of UK universities. Jisc Collections negotiated agreements covered approximately £126million of expenditure in 2017.
Liam has worked at Jisc since 2003, where he has been involved in negotiations for wide variety of agreements in higher and further education as well as working with the NHS, museums and public libraries in the UK and overseas.
As Director of Jisc Collections he has overseen the evolution of its approach to open access, in particular how its negotiations can best support the sector achieve its aims around pure gold, hybrid and green open access. Something he has written and presented widely on. He is a member of the UUK Open Access Coordination Group, the European Universities Association High Level Group on Big Deals and the OA2020 Advisory Group
Kim Hackett is the REF Director at Research England. Kim leads the REF policy, administrative and systems development teams, and is responsible for delivering the REF 2021 exercise. The REF team is based at Research England and manage the exercise on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies.
Kim joined HEFCE in 2009 and gained a range of experience in policy development in the areas of research assessment and funding policy. She was involved in the early development and initial implementation of the REF 2014 exercise, before taking up roles in wider research policy and leading the evaluation of REF 2014. In 2015, Kim took up a post as a senior government social research role in the area of equality and inclusion with the Welsh Government, before returning to HEFCE in 2017 to take up her current role.
Kim's academic background is in the humanities. She has a degree in History from the University of St Andrews, and a PhD in History from the University of York. Kim also holds a master's in Policy Research from the University of Bristol.
Dianne Berry is Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Reading. She was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Dean of Social Sciences, and Head of the School of Psychology at Reading. Externally, Dianne is Chair of the REF Equality & Diversity Panel, a position she also held in REF 2014, and is Chair of Vitae's External Advisory Board. Dianne has a First-Class Honours degree in Psychology and a DPhil in Experimental Psychology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in 2012, was awarded an OBE.
Amelia is part of Wellcome's UK & EU Policy team, which aims to influence policy developments so that researchers can be as effective as possible and health can be improved. Amelia's main responsibility is immigration policy, and she has previously worked in multiple departments across Wellcome on policy issues and funding for researchers. Before Wellcome, Amelia worked at Cancer Research UK and the Royal Society.
Rachel leads on policy areas relating to research and innovation at GuildHE, one of the two representative bodies for higher education in the UK. Rachel manages CREST (the Consortium for Research Excellence, Support and Training), GuildHE's collaborative research network of 28 smaller and specialist institutions. Before GuildHE, Rachel worked at the Crafts Council and as a Research Consultant on EU funded projects investigating creativity and impact.
Sir Mark is Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, which brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. UKRI became an official public body on 1 April 2018 and operates across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion.
He has been a champion for science, engineering and technology in his role as Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Head of the Government Office for Science and Co-Chair of the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology.
As former Director of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark has experience running a large-scale research organisation and global charitable foundation. A distinguished scientist in his own right, Sir Mark was also Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.
Previous career highlights for Sir Mark include being a member of the India UK CEO Forum and the UK India Round Table, a member of the advisory board of Infrastructure UK and a non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.
Before becoming GCSA, he conducted independent reviews for the UK Government on the use and sharing of personal information in the public and private sectors: 'Data Sharing Review' (2009); and secondary education: 'Science and Mathematics: Secondary Education for the 21st Century' (2010).
He received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected as Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts FRS is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.
Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King's College London, a board member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a Board member of Surrey Satellites and of the Biotech Growth Trust. He is Chair of the British Science Association. He is a member of the Board of the Crick Institute and a Trustee of the Science Museum. He is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is an Honorary fellow of the Royal Society. He is Chancellor of the University of Leicester.
Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book 'The Pinch' about fairness between the generations was published in 2010. His latest book "A University Education" is published by Oxford University Press.