Writing 300 word statements part 2: looking for examples and writing a draft

The REF2014 website makes public all the research outputs that were submitted for the last REF, including the 300 word statements. On the website: http://results.ref.ac.uk/, click on ‘results and submissions’; you can then select a particular institution, or a Unit of Assessment (UCA submitted solely to UOA34, Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice in REF2014, and is likely to do so again). There are several routes in: you are looking for ‘Research Outputs’ (REF2). Clicking on an individual output brings up exactly what was submitted into the REF form, including the 300 word statement, which is under the ‘Additional Information’ heading.

It’s worth exploring some examples. Unfortunately, we don’t know which outputs received a high ranking, being judged to be 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). The REF only publishes its results as a quality profile of all the outputs submitted by a single institution to a single UOA. However, looking at a really successful submission, where almost all of the outputs were judged to be 4* or 3*, will bring up statements for outputs that are very likely to have been highly ranked. An example is the University of Westminster’ submission to UOA34, where 85 per cent of outputs were ranked at 3* or 4*, and nothing fell below 2*.

Find some examples and note how the research is described: how directly does the statement address the criteria of originality, significance and rigour? What evidence does it give? Find examples in your discipline that do a good job of describing the research against the criteria.

The following questions should be useful in drafting 300 word statements:

Originality

What were the contexts to the research? What had other people done before? What did you do that was different? (think in terms of a literature review, contextual review, or scoping exercises)

Significance

So what? What has changed in your field (however narrowly defined) as a result of this research? (new knowledge, contribution)

Rigour

What were the research questions? What were your aims? What processes did you follow? What were the theoretical frameworks? (methods, sources, procedures)

Don’t waste words describing the research: for non-text outputs, for instance exhibitions, there is another box for this (‘title and brief description’), where you can explain exactly what form the research took. If this applies to your output, draft this text too (provisionally up to 100 words).

Good practice in research and development partnering — HEFCE blog

Last week we published an initial analysis of all the evidence that we have compiled to date about good practice in research commercialisation, and invited university experts to provide us with additional views, weblinks and papers as responses to a survey. This evidence will inform the work of the HEFCE-universities Knowledge Exchange Framework programme. We…

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Research Outputs – Exhibition & Performance

As an arts based institution, UCA has a different research output profile from larger multi-discipline universities. These tend to have a high percentage of published outputs, including authored books, edited books, chapters in books and journal articles.  (see table below) All Universities outputs
UCA’s profile is somewhat different, with the highest number of outputs including digital or visual media, exhibition, artefacts, design, and performance.

UCA outputs

Last week we had a look at artefacts as research outputs. In this post we are going to look at Exhibition and Performance as research outputs. Both require the title, description, venue, date, and url (if one is available) for submission to REF.

A research output under exhibition includes:
• curating an exhibition
• solo exhibitions
• significant contributions to exhibitions by a group or a number of individuals.

A research output under performance includes solo performances, and significant contributions to performances made by a group or a number of individuals.
This includes
• Concerts and recitals
• Dance choreography including score, notations and objects
• Directing and/or producing performances
• Improvised performance
• Radio or other sound recordings or audio-visual recordings made for public access, including CDs and DVDs
• Theatre productions (drama, dance, opera, music theatre)

Listed below are examples of the exhibition and performance research outputs from UCA REF 2014.

You can click on the link to find out more about the research that led to these outputs.

Exhibition

A Sort of Night to the Mind, A Kind of Night for our Thoughts: 
At a Time of Crisis (AUDI Art Award artworks), exhibitions
Bread and Roses, co-directed & co-curated multi-strand arts 
Cloth & Culture Now, curated exhibition, authored website, education 
Cloth & Memory 2, curated exhibition, authored website, education 
Cultex: textile as a cross cultural language, curated exhibition
David Colwell: making chairs; Fred Baier: the right angle; Richard La Trobe-Bateman: making triangles 
Fairytale for Sale, exhibition, mongraph, catalogues
‘Garden Ruin’ and ‘Face Yourself’, solo exhibitions
Insight into Beauty – Contemporary Craft Inspired by Japan
Le Temps Spectaculaire, exhibitions, on-line article
Lost in Lace, curated exhibition, edited catalogue with essay
Manufactory and The Altogether, exhibition
Married Man, exhibition, colour photographs, looped audio
Pictures of Linda, exhibiton of colour photographs with accompanying
Resort 1, exhibition of 22 large scale colour photographs
Ritual and Setting, site-specific ceramics, exhibition, catalogue
‘The Market’: Hybrid spatial practices in contemporary art, exhibitions
Utopias, solo exhibition, catalogue

 Performance

A duet (virtually), musical improvisation with live sonic
Jungle Fever, participatory performances, installation, publication

 

Vertigo Ventures Webinar – What does 4* impact evidence look like?

Webinar – Friday, Jul 14 2017 @ 10:00am – 11:00am
What does 4* impact evidence look like?

Vertigo Ventures are running a one-hour intensive session is aimed at supporting those who are developing impact cases for the next REF. Using our experience of working with universities to write impact case studies and analyzing cases for good practice this session will utilize these reflections and learnings to share insight for those currently grappling with impact evidence collection.

To sign up click here

Who should attend?

  • Researchers looking to submit impact case studies
  • REF Managers, Impact Officers, Research Support Officers
  • Heads of academic departments seeking to understand and develop the impact in their departments

The webinar will answer the following questions:

  • What does impact evidence in 4* case studies look like?
  • How is this evidence used effectively?
  • What they difference between panel or impact types?
  • What should researchers and research managers be doing to develop good practice?

Delivered in a convenient and concise format, the presentation will leave you better equipped to identify support evidencing of case studies.

 

 

Assessing interdisciplinary research: Would you accept the challenge?

Why is this currently on my mind? It is because today the UK funding bodies have announced the membership of an Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel (IDAP) for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. I have been appointed as chair and will be working with colleagues from across the UK and across disciplinary backgrounds to consider…

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