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What a difference a year makes

Posted on 17 December 2015 by Jennifer Evans

As institutions start to draft their responses to the Green Paper, and “a review of REF” kicks off, led by Lord Nicholas Stern, it seems vaguely sensible to point people towards things which have already been reviewed and cogitated on numerous times over – even just – the last 12 months. For example, this morning
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Review, review and yet more review

Posted on 28 September 2015 by Jennifer Evans

It’s genuinely all change everywhere at the moment… or at least on the cusp of potential change perhaps. Labour leadership, the McKinsey report and REF consultation delays are making for a rather pensive feeling across the HEI sector at the moment. Before any of this we had just responded to the Nurse review of Research Councils,
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The Metric Tide – out now

Posted on 10 July 2015 by Jennifer Evans

With 20 recommendations for action across all organisations in the sector, everyone really could do with having a quick scan through this report (or maybe the executive summary). There could be lots for us to do (depending how we chose to respond to the recommendation) and it reaches from HR to communications, across libraries, research offices,
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Developments of a SHERPA/REF support tool

Posted on 11 May 2015 by Jennifer Evans

Towards the end of 2014, a consultation was issued inviting views on the potential development of a tool which would help HEIs ensure that their research outputs were compliant with the HEFCE policy for research outputs ahead of the next REF. The report summarising the consultation messages and next steps is now available. The idea
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ORCID and significance in REF

Posted on 17 April 2015 by Jennifer Evans

I’ve just had an email via the ARMA electronic lists, prompting people to response to two Jisc surveys/consultations: one is about research management systems (jisc really want to help HEIs in this respect, but it’s all very technical so a bit over my head!) and the other is about signing up to ORCID. ORCID is
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Reflections on the research funding landscape

Posted on 16 April 2015 by Jennifer Evans

There isn’t really much to be added to this overview, but this article on The Conversation provides a neat summary of where we are in terms of funding science in the UK. In short, Government have been keen to retain peer review for research, but after some re-jigs and re-prioritisation, some more directed investments and
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Open Access – a national license?

Posted on 7 April 2015 by Jennifer Evans

A recent publication by HEPI (Higher Education Policy Institute) calls for consideration to be given to a national license for Open Access. This would, in theory, allow everyone in the UK access to all academic research published in academic journals. Concerns are raised about current Open Access only allowing UK-based research to be made more widely available;
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Directions for Research Management – Jisc report

Posted on 7 April 2015 by Jennifer Evans

The development of Research Data Management policies as a result of increasing requirements of funders and publishers, has led to a report from Jisc, produced to reflect on how Universities need to develop over the next five years. The report reflects that whilst policies are often decided at a very strategic level, implementation can be tricky and
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H2020 – reflections from the Science Business Network, Brussels

Posted on 7 April 2015 by Jennifer Evans

The March 2015 WHEB (Welsh Higher Education Brussels) Newsletter included a review of a meeting of the Science Business network, where they discussed experiences of H2020 so far. Reflections included: The increase in volume of applications combined with falling success rates has led to man-hours and resources on unsuccessful applications to an estimated value of 3 billion euro.
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