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Ensuring integrity and rigour in UK research: best practice, open data and the impact of the REF

Westminster HE Forum

Westminster Higher Education Forum are hosting this seminar in central London on 7 July 2016 where Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at HEFCE will be the keynote speaker.

Delegates at this seminar will consider strategies for protecting integrity and rigour of UK research – and supporting the quality of the UK research base. It takes place with these issues an increasing priority for policymakers, higher education institutions and the wider research sector – in anticipation of Lord Stern’s review into university research funding, which is considering approaches to the evaluation of UK higher education research performance and options for future iterations of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

It also comes with ongoing discussion about the effects of increasing competition and the growing use of metrics on research practice in higher education institutions.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Competition and rigour – examining the tensions between an increasingly competitive research environment and improving the rigour of research processes within universities;
  • Research environment – the impact of including assessment of an institution’s research environment within the REF’s metrics and next steps for addressing the findings;
  • Ensuring best practice – strategies for combating issues such as plagiarism and the misleading representation of results;
  • Self-regulation – the impact of the Concordat to Support Research Integrity – introduced in 2012 – and the potential for further implementation;
  • Research funding – options for addressing concerns around the integrity of corporate sponsored research;
  • Ethics – supporting ethical research practices and the role of university ethics boards; and
  • Open data – opportunities, expansion and options for improving the reproducibility of research findings.

See the latest agenda and book a place here.