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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 […]

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Something is coming… what do we know?

Posted on 18 November 2015 by Jennifer Evans

It's been a fair old while since my last post, and not an awful lot has changed. But ahead of the publication of the Nurse Review (expected on the 19th […]


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 […]


“Interoperability” – making systems work together

Posted on 7 August 2015 by Jennifer Evans

We all know how much work goes into pulling an RCUK application together... and then you have to put it into the electronic application system! The range of systems which […]


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 […]

Visa clampdown – how does this affect PGR?

Posted on 22 May 2015 by Jennifer Evans

Yesterday, David Cameron made reference to institutions who have high rates of students overstaying their visas. This is in relation to the ambition that the new Conservative Government have to reduce net […]

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 […]

REFlections, projections and perplections – what next for REF?

Posted on 1 May 2015 by Jennifer Evans

There have been a few events over the last few weeks to respond to the results, reviews, analysis and implications of REF2014 - naturally with a view to leave us […]

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 […]

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 […]