REF2021

Small grants available from UoA25 for an action research intervention TEF/REF

Dear all, We are happy to announce this first TREFF call for proposals, TREFF (German word) – meeting point / coming together (thanks to Stephen Jukes!)  Please note this call is not open to staff in FMC, since a specific call to that faculty has already been distributed. One TREFF project will be funded in FMC… Read more »

HE Policy update w/e 3rd February 2017

Higher Education and Research Bill – the House of Lords committee stage has finished with no further amendments (other than non-controversial and welcome government amendments). Unlike in the House of Commons, where time was more limited and there was a great deal of focus on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), student loans, the impact of… Read more »

HE policy updated 27th January 2017

Industrial Strategy Green Paper The Government launched the Industrial Strategy Green Paper and consultation this week. The paper focuses on improving Britain’s innovation and productivity in key areas alongside upskilling the workforce to become world leading. The government suggest a number of areas of industry specialism that should be supported: clean energy robotics healthcare space… Read more »

HE policy update

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Research Excellence Framework (REF) The Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Vinney, has a new blog on the HEPI (the Higher Education policy Institute) website on research and teaching and how REF and the TEF work together, with some proposals for change in how the REF is implemented in 2021, and views on… Read more »

UoA25 call for internal projects (3 x £3000)

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice invite new applications for funding (up to £3000) to develop research outputs and impact and to enhance the research environment in relation to the Research Excellence Framework Unit of Assessment: Education. Up to three proposals will be funded in this round…. Read more »

What does research-informed teaching look like?

The HEA together with the University Alliance have issued a paper – a collection of case studies -which might help explain this. Given the REF’s new broader definition of impact and the TEF which has research-informed teaching as an indicator of quality this is certainly a useful and  timely read.          

The first year student experience – ‘stay-at-home’ students

Colleagues, A ‘hot-off-the-press’ publication exploring students experience living at home – maybe of interest to staff busy welcoming our new students ===== Commuting, transitions and belonging: the experiences of students living at home in their first year at university (Pokorny, Holley, Kane) In this study, our cross-case analysis of students’ lives challenges the conventional home–university… Read more »

Lord Stern’s REF Review- the outcome

Thanks to Emma Banbury-Whitton; apologies for cross posting The outcome of Lord Stern’s independent review of the REF has been published. You can view the report here. The recommendations from the report are as follows. 1.       All research active staff should be returned in the REF (and allocated to a unit of assessment). 2.       Outputs should be… Read more »