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This conference is for those with strategic responsibility for research in universities and the wider higher education sector. The future of research in higher education will offer delegates from the diverse range of institutions in the UK the opportunity to examine the changing research landscape, in the context of research funding, research collaboration and Brexit.
· Research in a post-referendum and post-Brexit landscape
· Alternative sources of research funding, such as the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF)
· Effective research collaboration – interdisciplinary, pan-regional and in industry
· Successfully demonstrating the impact of research in higher education
The research landscape in higher education is undergoing significant change, with the Stern review, the government's White Paper and Brexit all impacting on the research that takes place in universities. It is vital that those responsible for research and research strategy in higher education understand the changes, and the effects that they will have on research.
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Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent, and President, Universities UK
Professor Alex Halliday, Vice President (Physical Sciences Secretary), Royal Society
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Chair, Universities UK Research Policy Network, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen
Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)
Daniel Glaser, Director, Science Gallery London, Kings College London
It is ten years since the landmark Royal Society Report, Factors Affecting Science Communication. This revealed how the professional culture of research ‘squeezed’ public engagement to the margins. A number of investments since then have sought to address this cultural challenge, including the establishment of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, and the inclusion of public engagement within the REF, given added impetus by the recent Stern Review. In this workshop, delegates will be offered a chance to:
Hear new evidence about how public engagement is now embedded in research culture
Explore how public engagement featured in REF 2014 and what Lord Stern’s recommendations might mean for the next REF
Meet staff leading culture change projects and quiz them about the costs and benefits of prioritising public engagement
Identify critical actions they can take to enhance their own support for public engagement
James Parry, Chief Executive, UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO)
Jamie Arrowsmith, Programme Manager (Research Policy, Efficiency & Effectiveness), Universities UK
Christina Miller, Director, UK Research Office (UKRO)
Renata P. Schaeffer, European Policy & Strategy Manager, University of Cambridge
Philippa Shelton, Senior Research Business Development Manager, University of the West of England
The outcome of the referendum in June on the UK’s membership of the EU created new challenges and uncertainties for the research and innovation community. This session will provide a state of play on the latest developments and shared learning in tackling uncertainties arising post-referendum. This workshop will provide a platform for an exchange of views maximising opportunities for European and Global engagement post-BREXIT.
Kitty Inglis, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Content Strategy Group, Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)
Simon Kerridge, Immediate Past Chair, Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA)
Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Trust
The strategic role of repositories in contributing to the delivery of Open Access at a national and institutional level has increased significantly over recent years. This workshop will provide an opportunity to hear about current developments in the repository landscape, discuss some of the issues facing the research community in ensuring that they are able to meet funder and institutional mandates and share best practice.
Professor James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, Department of Politics and Director of Impact and Engagement, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Sheffield
This is a crucial time for the Higher Education sector and it is essential that we have robust evidence to continue advocating the many positive roles that universities have economically, socially and culturally.
This focused workshop will provide a platform to discuss the key areas of concern, what existing evidence should be drawn upon and to highlight any areas that may have been overlooked so far.
Wendy Jarrett, Chief Executive, Understanding Animal Research
Opinion research shows that most people do not feel well-informed about the animal research that takes place in the UK. This interactive session will evaluate the first two years of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, examining the positive impact it has had on the openness and transparency of signatory organisations and their internal and external communication on animal research. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of case studies from a range of institutions, and hear advice and guidance from Understanding Animal Research, before analysing the best approaches for their own institution.
Professor Graeme Reid, Visiting Professor of Science and Research Policy, University College London (UCL)
This session will outline the emerging findings of a new Universities UK project, being led by a team from the University of Sheffield, exploring the changing place of Higher Education Institutions in the UK’s science and innovation system, and reviewing the evidence base for their impacts and contributions to knowledge creation and exchange, skills and training, regional and national economic growth, public policy and wider society.
Dr Mark Claydon-Smith, GCRF Programme Manager, Executive Directorate, Research Councils UK (RCUK)
The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund from the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. This session will look at the need for interdisciplinary approaches to address global development challenges.
Professor Roger Kain, Vice-President (Research and HE Policy), The British Academy
The British Academy report Crossing Paths - released in July 2016 - looks at the opportunities and barriers to interdisciplinary research (IDR) across the sector. It was produced in response to growing interest in and funding for IDR and looks at how this affects the research and higher education system as a whole.
This session will examine some of the findings and recommendations of this report in more detail.
Professor Roger Kneebone, Director, Centre for Performance Science and Professor Aaron Williamon, Director, Centre for Performance Science
The new Centre for Performance Science (CPS) takes a strongly interdisciplinary approach to investigating performance, accessing expertise and facilities across the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. Performance is at the very core of progress in the arts, business, education, medicine, science, and sport. Increasingly, new methods and technologies are emerging that allow us to understand better how and why we perform and the reasons we find great performances so compelling. The CPS is an ambitious collaboration aimed at tackling major research challenges in performance and productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and health and wellbeing. Our vision is that by understanding how skilled performers meet the distinctive challenges of their work, performance will serve both as a source of inspiration and a rich resource for research. This presentation will expand on the Centre's vision using case study examples of our partnership and research in action.
Dr Peter Simpson, Director, N8 Research Partnership
This will present evidence for the important roles of research intensive universities as anchors within a regional economy. Contributions being made by universities to delivering jobs, and Gross Value Added, and to assisting businesses through training and research, will be discussed. Steps that could be taken by government to increase the impact of universities on innovation-led economic growth will then be considered.
Professor Anne Ridley, Chair, Academy of Medical Sciences Team Science Working Group
University researchers are increasingly working in teams across disciplines and countries to solve some of today’s global challenges. This is important for universities to increase their impact on society and the economy. However, traditional ways of assessing researchers often fail to take into account their contributions to teams. I will argue that we need to change our methods of assessment and actively promote team science.
Afternoon speakers come together for a panel and Q+A.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, an appointment he has held since 1 April 2010. He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was also Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group (2004-2009) the umbrella body that represents all seven UK Research Councils. Before joining the ESRC, Sir Ian was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, where he had been for most of his career.
Sir Ian is Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Chair of the Universities UK Research Policy Network Committee, Chair of the Universities UK Group on Efficiency and, recently stepped down as Chair for the Welsh Assembly Government of the Higher Education Review for Wales. Sir Ian was elected to the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Academy (2005), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009) and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff and Glasgow.
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.
Daniel joined King’s College London in May 2013. He is leading on the development of Science Gallery London, a major new space for innovation and public engagement through culture, and developing projects and partnerships that explore the creative interface between science, health and the arts. A neuroscientist by background, before being appointed director of Science Gallery London, he was responsible for all external funding for public engagement and the arts at the Wellcome Trust.
In 2014, Daniel was the first scientist to judge the Man Booker Prize, he was also the first ever ‘scientist in residence’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and has had his own BBC science show ‘Under Laboratory Conditions’, looking at how science really works. Daniel epitomises the collision of art and science, with his work in neuroscience including a study of professional dancers to learn how their extraordinary movement abilities help them to see better.
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 60 universities.
He leads UKRIO’s 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 and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Prior to joining UKRIO James worked as an archaeologist and a university administrator.
Jamie Arrowsmith is Programme Manager in the Policy Group and leads our work on research policy and efficiency and effectiveness. He is also coordinating the review of UK higher education sector agencies.
Jamie’s major reports for Universities UK include; Efficiency, effectiveness and value for money and the Concordat to support research integrity.He also represents Universities UK on the Board of the UK Research Office in Brussels and coordinates the Research Policy Network
Prior to working at Universities UK, Jamie worked as a researcher at the Education and Social Research Institute in Manchester. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Christina Miller is the Director of the UK Research Office (UKRO), the European office of the UK Research Councils. UKRO is based in Brussels and delivers a subscription-based advisory service for research organisations (in the main UK HEIs) and provides National Contact Point services on behalf of the UK Government. The Office has a mission to maximise UK engagement in EU-funded research, innovation and higher education activities by providing information, guidance and strategic advice on funding opportunities and associated European policies.
Christina has over ten years’ experience working in Brussels and providing specialist advice to researchers and funding managers on their engagement in the EU programmes and evolving policies. She has a particular interest in demystifying the EU funding and policy landscape. She has played a lead role in the Office’s activities relating to the simplification of the Framework Programme, and supporting the research community to overcome barriers to participation
Renata is the European Policy & Strategy Manager at the University of Cambridge. Renata manages the EU team within Cambridge Research Office, overseeing Cambridge's EU research grant portfolio, both operationally and at policy & strategic level.
Renata is an active member of the League of the European Research Universities (LERU), which has played a key role in Horizon 2020 negotiations and a member of the UKRO focus group on preparing the model grant agreement for Horizon 2020. Also a member of the Commission's Sygma External User Group, Renata has been involved with the development of the new grant management system for the future Horizon 2020 programme.
More recently Renata has been actively involved in developing the University's research funding strategy post referendum, exploring new opportunities whilst still ensuring that researchers continue to apply for EU funds. Previously, between 1995 and 2001, Renata was a financial controller at Daimler-Chrysler in Istanbul.
As a Senior Research & Business Development Manager Philippa's focus is on bidding for and securing European Commission research funding across all faculties at UWE.
This broad research base allows her to seek out potentially, innovative multi-disciplinary activity; whilst appreciating the need to support disciplines in their own right, and support these areas to bid for funding. Before changing careers, she worked for 10 years as a Merchandiser for a number of fashion retailers; this background gave her a unique understanding of this business, and more generally an interest in industrial collaboration. She also works on schemes which support business/industrial projects.She is also a Subscriber Representative on the UKRO Board, representing UK research institutions interests across the UK.
Simon has been a research manager and administrator for over 20 years and has spent 15 of those years serving in various ARMA Board positions, and is the immediate past chair. He is a board member of CASRAI the international Consortium Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information. He has also served on a number of national UK committees, project boards and working groups including for RCUK, HEFCE, Universities UK (Open Access Co-ordination group), Jisc and Vitae on topics such as open access, grant management systems, research development, research assessment and research information management. Most recently, he was part of the steering group that produced The Metric Tide report. He holds a doctorate in research management and administration and is currently leading the NCURA funded international Research Administration As A Profession (RAAAP) project.
Simon has been at Kent for four and a half years and with the exception of research students is responsible for all aspects of research support at the university. He heads up a team of 25 staff based mainly at the Canterbury campus, with a couple based at Medway. Overall he has five teams: Funding Development, Contracts, Finance, and REF & Systems, and Ethics & Governance. He reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and works closely with him on research strategy.
Prior to Kent, Simon spent 18 years at the University of Sunderland, initially as a computer science researcher, then moving into research support and working his way up to eventually leading that section, covering all aspects of research strategy and support. Before that he was a computer science researcher at Durham University working on Research Council and EU funded collaborative projects. He has also run his own software development and consultancy company.
Robert Kiley is Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library and currently acting as Open Research Development Lead for where he is responsible for developing a new open research strategy for the Wellcome Trust. Over the past decade Robert has played a leading role in the implementation of the Trust’s open access policy and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository.
Robert also acts as the Trust’s point of contact for eLife, the new top-tier, open-access research journal, launched in 2012 with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust and more recently championed the work to create a new open publishing platform for Wellcome researchers – Wellcome Open Research.
Away from open access related activities, Robert is also responsible for developing the infrastructure to supports the Wellcome Library’s strategy to provide free, online, universal access to the Library’s unique and important collections. Central to this is the development of the Digital Library Cloud Services – infrastructure we hope to make available to any cultural heritage organisation which wishes to showcase their digital content in an innovative, standards-compliant, and infinitely scalable way
Professor Wilsdon joined the Department of Politics as Professor of Research Policy in January 2016. He combines this with a role in the Faculty of Social Sciences as Director of Impact and Engagement. He is also Director of the Nexus Network, a £1.8m ESRC initiative to link research & policy across food, energy, water and the environment. Since 2013, he has been Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and I led the working group for its 2015 report The Business of People.
He recently chaired a review of the role of metrics in the management of the UK’s research system, which published its final report The Metric Tide in July 2015. Building on this, He is now leading an expert panel for the European Commission on the role of altmetrics. IHe is also on the advisory board of Scientists for EU.
Previously, Professor Wilsdon worked as Professor of Science and Democracy at SPRU, University of Sussex (2011-2015), Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society (2008-2011), Head of Science and Innovation at Demos (2001-2008), Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University's Institute for Advanced Studies (2006-2008) and Senior Policy Adviser at Forum for the Future (1997-2001). He contributes regularly to the media and am one of the editors of the Guardian's 'Political Science' blog on science and research policy. In 2015, I was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
Graeme Reid is Professor of Science and Research Policy at UCL. He is also Chairman of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities and Strategic Advisor to the National Centre for Universities and Business. Until March 2014, he was Head of Research Funding in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, where he had oversight of around £5 billion per annum of research spending through Research Councils and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He coordinated the bid for the science budget in the coalition Government’s 2010 spending review.
Graeme spent the first ten years of his career at the National Engineering Laboratory, near Glasgow. He subsequently moved to Central Government where he held positions in the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the DTI and DIUS before the formation of BIS in 2009. Graeme has a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He has served on Boards and advisory Committees in a range of organisations including CERN, the Scottish Funding Council, Cardiff University and the Institute of Physics”.
Roger Kneebone trained first as a general and trauma surgeon, working both in the UK and in Southern Africa. After finishing his specialist training, he decided to become a general practitioner and joined a large group practice in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. In the 1990s he pioneered an innovative national training programme for minor surgery within primary care, based around intensive workshops using simulated tissue models and a computer-based learning program. In 2003, Roger left his practice to join Imperial.
Roger’s is committed to education in it widest sense. He established and leads the UK’s only Masters in Education (MEd) in Surgical Education, which started in October 2005. This challenging programme builds on educational theory and practice to explore relationships between the biomedical sciences, the craft of surgery and the humanities and social sciences. In July 2011 he became the first Imperial academic to receive a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Award.
Roger’s current focus is the theory and practice of engagement. He is committed to outreach and public engagement, leading numerous high profile Festivals and venues to bring simulation into the public domain and highlight both the patients’ and clinicians’ perspectives. The recent award of a prestigious 2 year Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for him to develop engagement and simulation science within and beyond Imperial.
Dr Peter Simpson is responsible for establishing the N8 Research Partnership’s multi-university research programmes, strategic engagement with government, cities and Northern Powerhouse initiatives, and for building and developing new academic-industrial collaborations.
Under Peter’s direction, N8 has launched a strategy of prioritised research programmes, notably within AgriFood, and Urban Transformation. Also, he has produced reports whose policy recommendations and analysis that enable the N8 universities to contribute to the emerging Northern economic and innovation strategy.
With 16 years’ experience in major Pharmaceutical companies, Peter brings a wealth of open innovation expertise and strategic business knowledge. Dr Simpson worked for AstraZeneca in Cheshire from 2006 to 2014. There, he was responsible for implementing a series of successful initiatives that brought together large Pharma companies in innovative collaborations with SMEs and academia.