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What role can universities’ research and innovation strategies play in meeting some of the most pressing societal and political issues currently facing the UK and the world? How can institutions and individual researchers access and take advantage of new investment and partnership opportunities, maximise the impact of research, and ensure that the benefits of university research are widely understood?
This one-day, national conference will explore ways to unlock and communicate the value of university research and innovation in order to optimise its impact for individual researchers, institutions and wider society. It will appeal to those with strategic responsibility for research and innovation in universities, research institutes, the wider higher education sector, as well as active researchers.
Why should you attend?
These are unpredictable times for UK universities. In the context of political, social and environmental upheaval, it is more vital than ever that universities can demonstrably deliver impact through research and innovation both to secure their own future and to support and respond to some of the most pressing issues facing communities both nationally and across the world. Our expert speakers include Professor Graeme Reid, co-author of the recently published Smith-Reid review, who will be speaking on the future of the EU-UK research relationship.
Whether you’re an institutional leader keen to understand how to develop an outstanding research and innovation strategy, a Principal Investigator interested in how to promote effective research practice within your team or an individual researcher curious about how to use your research and skills to lobby for change in government policy, this conference will offer something for you. The event aims to provide delegates with practical ideas and opportunities to discuss how to optimise the impact of research and innovation through effective strategy, partnerships, regulation, communication and engagement.
Who should attend?
This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic. Relevant job titles include:
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Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University
Isobel Stephen, Executive Director, Strategy and Governance, UKRI
Adam Dinsmore, Programme Manager, Wellcome Trust and Research on Research Institute
The Research on Research Institute (RoRI) is a new partnership between the Wellcome Trust, Digital Science, the Universities of Leiden and Sheffield and a global network of strategic partners active across a diverse range of research systems. Our vision is for RoRI to become an international consortium of funders, academics, institutions and technologists working to champion transformative & translational research on research. By analysing research systems and experimenting with new tools, indicators and evaluation frameworks, we aim to advance more strategic, open, diverse and inclusive research.
Harriet Barnes, Head of Policy (Higher Education and Skills), The British Academy
Research in the arts, humanities and social sciences delivers benefits across all the commonly recognised types of 'impact': economic value, societal good, sustainable futures, innovations in methodologies and technology, and lasting and substantive change in policy and in behaviours. But we sometimes struggle to communicate this in a clear and persuasive way. The British Academy is working together with a number of like-minded organisations to collate some of the most inspiring, innovative and impactful stories, evidence and data to support effective shared messages on the value our disciplines bring, from benefits in our everyday lives to insights into society's most complex challenges. This session will look at the evidence we have collected so far, and the opportunities and challenges it opens up for how we explain what this means to both decision makers in government and public opinion influencers. Delegates will be invited to share their own examples which demonstrate where the arts, humanities, social sciences have made a difference, and to consider how we can best use this to make the case for their role within our research landscape.
Samuel Roseveare, Policy Manager, Universities UK
Mairwen Harris, Senior Policy Adviser, Universities Wales
This session will provide an overview of the
research and innovation policy priorities of Universities UK (UUK) and
Universities Wales (UW) over the next 12 months. To frame this discussion, Sam
Roseveare will give an outline of the challenges and opportunities the sector
faces, commenting on emerging political and policy issues as they relate to the
wider research and innovation landscape. Sam and Mairwen will then introduce
the policy priorities that UUK and UW are working to.
Liam Earney, Executive Director of Digital Resources, Jisc
In this session Liam Earney, executive director of digital resources at Jisc, will provide an update on the status of current negotiations to reach open access agreements with publishers. The session will look at the challenges associated with such agreements and how Jisc is seeking to tackle these through its national level negotiations.
The session will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the negotiations, work with learned and society publishers, costs and other related issues.
Dr Ben Bleasdale, Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust
Dr Frances Downey, Head of Research Culture, UKRI
Dr Katy Gearing, Head of Industry Engagement, Royal Society
Melinda Kenneway, CEO and Co-founder, Kudos
Universities are increasingly being evaluated on their ability to demonstrate ‘real world’ impact. Yet this is at odds with how academics are rewarded. This represents both cultural and practical challenges for the research community. How can universities develop an impact culture that also addresses the motivations of individual researchers? While the debate about changing academic evaluation crawls forward, the problem for universities is more immediate – with significant funding implications. What can universities do now to align the interests of the institution with the individual? This session will explore the barriers reducing researcher and research office collaboration for impact, and how these might be overcome.
Dr Giles Carden, Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Projects, Lancaster University
session will principally focus on a framework for developing and formulating a
research strategy and will also cover some of the basic aspects of ensuring
effective strategy execution.
Speaker name withheld by request, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
National Cyber Security Centre will introduce a new programme of work on
Trusted Research. The programme aims to secure the integrity of the system of
international research collaboration, which is vital to the continued success
of the UK’s research and innovation sector. The initiative has been developed in
partnership with the sector and prioritises institutional autonomy.
Professor Graeme Reid, co-author of the recently published Smith-Reid review, and Chair of Science & Research Policy at UCL
Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities
Greg Falconer, Director of Innovation Policy, Nesta
will discuss current imbalances in the UK's R&D ecosystem and discuss
practical steps the next government can make to spread the benefits of
innovation across more people and places.
Professor Paul Boyle is Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University. Prior to this, he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, and formerly Chief Executive of the ESRC.
Paul is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He is Chair of the Universities Wales Research and Innovation Network; a Board Member of Universities UK and Chair of their Research Policy Network; Vice-President of the European University Association; and a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Paul is an 'impact champion' for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality.
Professor McMillan became Vice-Chancellor of Keele University in August 2015, after serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from January 2014. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Lancaster University, prior to which he held the position of Dean of the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences. Professor McMillan studied biological sciences at Lancaster and was awarded a PhD in Biophysics at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London in 1984. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists, Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. Currently, he has a national role as Knowledge Exchange Champion for HEFCE.
Along with her job-share (Emma Lindsell) Isobel leads the team that provides the strategic advice to UK Research and Innovation, the Executive Team and the Board. Their teams also provide UK Research and Innovation with high quality communication and analytical support and are responsible for secretariat support to the UKRI Board and Executive Committee.
Isobel joined UKRI in August 2019 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where, as Housing Director, she has been the overall lead on housing strategy.
Adam Dinsmore is a Programme Manager within the Wellcome Trust's Research On Research programme. Adam manages the delivery of core research projects undertaken by RoRI and ensures strategic coordination between RoRI's strategic partners.
Harriet Barnes is Head of Policy (Higher Education and Skills) at the British Academy, where she leads the Academy’s work as the voice for the humanities and social sciences in the development of education and research policy. She previously worked for the Quality Assurance Agency, where she was closely involved in the developing the UK Quality Code, and for the University of Bedfordshire.
Mairwen leads policy development for Brexit and Research and Innovation at Universities Wales. Before making the move to a sector-wide position she had a variety of roles in higher education including School Manager and Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at Cardiff University.
Mairwen studied English literature at the University of Essex and recently completed an MBA in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University College London.
Liam Earney is executive director of digital resources at Jisc, with responsibility for all of their licensing, open research, content & delivery services. Prior to this he was Director of licensing where he was responsible for Jisc's negotiations with publishers.
Dr Ben Bleasdale is a Policy Adviser at Wellcome, an independent charitable foundation which supports research to improve health across the world. His work focusses on the factors which support good science – from Wellcome's major new initiative to improve research culture, to securing the future of public investment in R&D. He has previously held roles at the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Medical Research Council.
Dr Frances Downey is the Head of Research Culture at UK Research and Innovation. Previous to this she led the Research Culture programme at the Royal Society, developing Integrity in Practice and also the Resume for Researchers. She also led on the organisation of the Society’s landmark conference on research culture in October 2018; Changing Expectations. Frances has also worked at the Royal Academy of Engineers, BEIS, DECC and Sense About Science. She is the co-founder of www.MetisTalk.com, a platform to share, discuss and challenge ideas around research culture.
Melinda Kenneway has worked in the scholarly communications industry for over twenty five years, and is passionate about supporting change that helps make research more accessible and effective. After completing a degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, Melinda began her career in research communications working at Oxford University Press, where she became Global Marketing Director for the Journals Division. In 2004 she founded TBI Communications, a specialist marketing agency serving academic publishers, societies and universities. In 2013 Melinda co-founded and became CEO of Kudos - a web-based platform that supports the research community in accelerating impact through more effective communication. Melinda has been a Non Executive Director of Bioscientifica and is a member of Council for the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.
Dr Giles Carden is Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Projects at Lancaster University and a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team. Giles’ role is principally focussed on leading and coordinating major, transformational strategic initiatives, a recent example would be developing Lancaster University branch campus in Leipzig, Germany. Giles’s academic background is the earth sciences, he undertook a PhD in geochemistry at the University of Liverpool and then a DAAD, Liebniz Prize funded fellowship at the Rhur-Universitaet Bochum in Germany. Prior to joining Lancaster he undertook a range of different professional services roles at the University of Warwick, latterly occupying the role of Director of Strategic Planning and Analytics and amongst other things led the development of Warwick’s REF submission.
Professor Graeme Reid is Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London.
Graeme was specialist advisor to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee during their extensive inquiries into Brexit. He is a member of the Government’s High Level Group on EU Exit, Universities, Research and Innovation. Sir Adrian Smith and Graeme advised the UK science minister on frameworks for international collaboration – the UK Government published their report in November 2019.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer.
Jan Palmowski has been Secretary-General of The Guild since its creation in 2016. A contemporary historian, he started his career at the University of Oxford before moving to King's College London where he taught European politics and EU integration. He was Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King's College London (2008-12), and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Academic Vice-President at the University of Warwick from 2013 to 2018.
His wider international engagements include membership in the German Science Council's Strategy Commission (2013-16), and the German Excellence Commission's joint expert Group (2016-18). He also served on the Humanities panel of the Comparative Expert Assessment of Lithuanian Universities (2018), and currently chairs the International Advisory Board of the Université de Paris.
Greg leads Nesta's Innovation Policy theme, driving delivery of our current strategy to make innovation policy smarter, more inclusive and fit for the future while raising the profile of our work and thinking about what comes next.
Greg joined Nesta from BEIS, where he was Deputy Director for Innovation Policy, responsible for increasing the R&D intensity of the UK, science fiscal events and major programmes such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He is most interested in increasing the impact of innovation policy and making sure it supports the priorities and values of citizens.
Before BEIS, Greg was a Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office working to make government more efficient and effective and he has spent time at Eurasia Group, KPMG, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and RAND Europe.