KEF and REF, where next?

5th April 2019, University of Hertfordshire

One day event to discuss issues around the KEF and REF with speakers from Research England, Universities UK and Oxford Brookes University

Confirmed speakers:

Stephen Hill Alice Frost Greg Wade Linda King
Director of Research  Research England Director of Knowledge Exchange Research England Policy Manager  Universities UK Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Global Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University

This event will discuss issues around the KEF and REF, including:

• What is the KEF concordat likely to require?

• Possible outcomes from the current consultation on the KEF proposals– where next?

• Issues relating to REF codes of practice

• Discussion on the forthcoming KEF Concordat consultation

• General points covering the REF Institutional Environment Pilot

Draft Agenda: REF and KEF – WHERE NEXT?

5th Apr 2019, University of Hertfordshire

Time Session and Speaker
SESSION ONE: KEF: metrics, concordat, HEIF and Strength in Places Fund
10:15 am Welcome, Professor Alison McCleery, Chair RENU, Professor of Cultural Geography and Director of Research and Innovation Edinburgh Napier University Business School
10:25 – 11:10am Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England, UKRI Keynote: Strength in Places Fund, HEIF and KEF Metrics – confirmed
11:10 – 11:40am Greg Wade, Policy manager at Universities UK leading on Innovation, growth, employability and skills KEF Principles and the Concordat – confirmed
11:40 – 12.20pm Discussion: KEF Metrics, Concordat, University Clusters and Funding confirmed panel members ·       Alice Frost ·       Greg Wade
12:20 – 1:00pm LUNCH
Session Two: REF codes of practice, institution environment
1:00 Welcome to afternoon session, Professor John Senior, Chair-Elect RENU and Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Enterprise,  University of Hertfordshire
1:10 – 1:50pm Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England Keynote: REF codes of practice – confirmed
1:50 – 2:20pm Professor Linda King Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships General Overview Institutional Environment Pilot – confirmed
2:20 – 3:15pm Discussion session to include: ·       institutional environment pilot ·       further aspects of REF codes of practice
3:15pm End of Event

The Research and Enterprise Network for Universities invites you to attend their next conference ‘REF and KEF – WHERE NEXT? on 5th April 2019 at the University of Hertfordshire.

The morning session will cover the Knowledge Exchange Framework, in particular, KEF Concordat, KEF principles, KEF Metrics, HEIF and the Strength in Places Fund.

Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange at Research England will speak on KEF metrics, the Strength in Places Fund, and HEIF. Following Alice will be Greg Wade, Policy manager at Universities UK leading on Innovation, growth, employability and skills, who will speak on KEF Principles and the KEF Concordat.

After this will be a discussion panel for all delegates to put their own questions to both Alice and Greg as well as other panel members.

In the Afternoon, Steven Hill, Director of Research at Research England, will give a keynote speech on REF Codes of practice. This will be followed by a general overview of the REF Institutional Environment Pilot from Professor Linda King Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Global Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University. There will be a discussion session on various REF issues after both presentations.

This event represents an excellent networking opportunity for RENU members and we have cut the registration fee in half for all members for this event. If your institution is listed below, then you can automatically register for the 50% discount (member registration fee is £75). There is a special day rate of £40 for members from the University of Hertfordshire. If a delegate wishes to attend for a half day only, the member rate is £40 for either morning or afternoon. There are discounts for bulk bookings. For all prices, please see below.


RENU Member full day £75

RENU Member half day £40

University of Hertfordshire delegate full day £40

University of Hertfordshire delegate half day £20

RENU non-member full day £150

RENU non-member half day £80

Bulk discounts for multiple bookings for full and half day registrations are also available e.g:

2 members full day 10% discount £67.50 per delegate

3 members full day 20% discount £60 per delegate

4 or more members 30% discount £52.50 per delegate

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