Preparing for Research for REF2021 with John Dargan

John Dargan,Senior Lecturer BA Illustration and Animation discusses the process of developing his work for mock REF 2021 submission.
Part 1

In part 1 John talks about his work The Battle of Le Cateau, 2016 (https://research.uca.ac.uk/3674/), and about the motivations to contributing to mock REF

Part 2

Framing practice as research

Part 3

Developing 300 word statement

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Increase to initial threshold for impact case studies

Following feedback from the sector, REF team has increased the initial threshold for impact to 20 FTE (from 15 FTE)

Updated requirements are as follows:

FTE of submitted staff            Number of case studies
Up to 19.99                                    2
20 to 34.99                                    3
35 to 49.99                                    4
50 to 64.99                                    5
65 to 79.99                                    6
80 to 94.99                                    7
95 to 109.99                                  8
110 to 159.99                                 9
160 or more                                  10, plus one case study per additional 50 FTE

 

REF 2021 so far

In communications released over the summer period and in late November, HEFCE have confirmed many important aspects of the requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021.

Outcomes and weightings
  • Five-point scale:  4* – Unclassified
  • Weightings:  Outputs –60%,  Impact –25%;  Environment –15%
Outputs

HEFCE are implementing Lord Stern’s recommendations to decouple staff and outputs.  The number of outputs submitted will be determined by the FTE of staff submitted in each Unit of Assessment, with the flexibility to allow minimum and maximum number of outputs per staff member

  •  Minimum 1 and maximum 5 outputs per individual
  • Average of 2.5 outputs per FTE

Portability:

  • For REF2021, outputs may be submitted both by the institution employing a researcher on the census date (31 July 2020), and by the institution where the researcher was previously employed when the output was demonstrably generated
  • ‘Demonstrably generated’  – when the output was first made publicly available
Impact
  • Impact remains with institution where research was generated
  • Impact must be underpinned by excellent research of minimum 2* quality
  • 1 January 2000 -31 December 2020 for underpinning research;  1 August 2013 -31 July 2020 for impacts
  • Definitions of impact will be broadened
  • Impact on teaching at the submitting institution will be counted
  • Case studies continued from examples submitted in 2014 will be eligible
  • Minimum 2 case studies per Unit of Assessment
Submission of staff

All staff with significant responsibility for research will be returned to REF 2021. 

Starting point of identifying ‘total pool of category A eligible staff’:

  • 0.2 full-time equivalent (FTE) or greater
  • primary employment function is to undertake either ‘research only’ or ‘teaching and research’
  • substantive connection with the submitting institution
  • and they must be independent researchers (i.e. not research assistants

In institutions that are confident that all Category A Eligible staff have ‘significant responsibility’, 100% of those staff should be submitted.  In institutions where the basic criteria for ‘Category A Eligible’ staff does not accurately identify only those staff with significant responsibility for research, a smaller group of ‘Category A Submitted’ staff can be identified—those staff with ‘significant responsibility for research’.

Significant responsibility for research: ‘those for whom explicit time and resources are made available to engage actively in independent research, and that is an expectation of their job role.’ (REF 2017/04)

The criteria for determining who should be included in this category should be determined by each HEI. The process must be developed collaboratively in consultation with staff, and relate to standard ways of working at the institution. It should be written into a Code of Practice.

 

 

Thinking differently for REF 2021

We know that many people are keen to understand more about the REF 2021 rules, and to begin planning and considering the ways they may best be implemented for their institution. There are several aspects of the high-level framework that continue from the previous exercise; but there are also key changes to the submission process…

via Thinking differently for REF 2021 — HEFCE blog

REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs

REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs have been published this morning.  You can access the  publication at: http://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/2017/decisionsonstaffandoutputs.html

 

 

REF 2021 at UCA – Webinar 27th September 1.00pm

Initial decisions on REF 2021

Starting the process – The UCA REF Audit
With Nino Nizharadze
Wednesday 27th September at 1.00pm

Following an independent review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) the funding bodies have published initial decisions on several high-level aspects of the exercise.
These decisions include: outcomes and weightings, output assessment, UoA structure, interdisciplinary research, collaboration, assessment of impact and environment at the Unit of Assessment (UoA) level,
definition of impact, and the REF development timetable.

The webinar will provide a summary of the initial decisions on REF 2021 and discuss possible implications for UCA.

Interested? – email roffice@ucreative.ac.uk  and we will send you your link to join this webinar. All you need is a computer (or mobile phone) with headphones.

Update: Staff Submission and Output Portability

As mentioned in the previous post, HEFCE published their initial decisions on a number of aspects of REF 2021. Long awaited decisions on staff submission (including minimum and maximum number of outputs) and output portability are due to come out in autumn, following a consultation (a second one) with HEIs.

HEFCE has invited institutions to submit their views on the proposed approaches related to the above aspects (deadline 29 September). These approaches can be found here.

HEFCE’s proposed development timetable for REF 2021

Autumn 2017 Invite nominations for panel members

 

Further decisions on the arrangements for submitting staff and outputs

 

Winter 2017-18 Appoint panels
Spring 2018 Panels meet to develop criteria
Summer to Autumn 2018 Publish draft guidance, and consultation on panel criteria

 

Winter 2018-19 Publish final guidance and criteria

 

2019 Complete preparation of submission systems
2020 Submission phase
2021 Assessment phase