In support of the Rome Declaration on responsible research and innovation

After yesterday's publication of the results of the Research Excellent Framework (#REF2014) comes the post-mortem, introspection and then inevitable debate about REF2020. We will have to wait a wee while before we learn more about the impact assessment aspect of #REF2014 and the overall story it tells us about how research in higher education instiutions … Continue reading In support of the Rome Declaration on responsible research and innovation

Rising cancer rates and the NHS reforms…plus NIHR and ‘impact’

I suspect you have seen today's news bulletins covering Macmillan Cancer Support's report predicting a significant rise in the number of people who will get cancer. To quote the opening lines of their statement today: Cancer rates are increasing at such a rate that research shows 42% of people who die in this country will … Continue reading Rising cancer rates and the NHS reforms…plus NIHR and ‘impact’

HEFCE Announces Impact Weighting for REF 2014

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has today announced the weighting for 'impact' for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.  It will be 20% with the expectation that it will increase in future exercises.  Sounds like a sound and balanced decision given the history of the debate but also the learning from … Continue reading HEFCE Announces Impact Weighting for REF 2014