Posts By / Becca Edwards

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Call: internal competition

The AHRC expect universities to exercise demand management for the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards call and therefore a special Research Proposal Review Service (RPRS) has been convened.

Therefore, colleagues wishing to submit an application to this call should adhere to the following time scale:

Colleagues are reminded of the following:

  • Throughout the development of their proposals, they should be liaising with RKE operations to ensure all the relevant costings and other bid information is developed in a timely manner.
  • Adherence to  AHRC guidance is crucial. In particular, colleagues should note that partnership working is especially important feature of this call. Notably from the guidance, the non-HEI partner is required to provide supervisory time and desk space as in-kind contributions. A written agreement is seen as essential for this partnership working alongside regularly reviewed project plans.

Be in the loop on European funding – sign up to the UKRO Portal today!

As BU subscribes to UKRO you are entitled to a number of services, including your own personalised profile on the UKRO Portal.
Via the Portal, UKRO disseminates information on EU funding programmes for research and innovation, most importantly on Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest funding programme for research and innovation of the European Union, worth EUR 70,2 billion.
Who can sign up?
Whether you are a researcher, European liaison officer or research manager/administrator – you can sign up for free to stay up to date with the latest news, opportunities and insight in European funding.
What does the Portal cover?
The UKRO Portal provides regular updates and daily news on EU funding programmes, with a particular focus on Horizon 2020. The Portal also provides information on other European funding programmes and has a dedicated EU policy section.
When signing up, you can tailor your profile to meet your specific needs, by selecting research and policy areas of interest and by determining the frequency of email updates.
Why sign up now?
Horizon 2020 started at the beginning of this year and the first set of calls has been launched. UKRO keeps you up to date on the latest Horizon 2020 developments, including on the work programme development, the likely timetable for future calls, application, proposal writing and project implementation advice, information on networking and brokerage events, information days, partner searches and relevant related policy developments.
How do I sign up?
Signing up only takes a few minutes:
New users from organisations that subscribe to UKRO can set up a profile on the UKRO Portal by going to http://www.ukro.ac.uk. There is a Quick Registration option or the option to tailor your profile according to specific areas of interest.

EU news this week: What funding could you apply for?

Struggling to stay up to date with all the latest on European funding? Then read on for this handy summary of some of the latest resources available….

  • Missed the Horizon 2020 information day in London? Then visit the ESRC website for a raft of presentations!
  • Thinking  about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships? Act now for the best chance of success! The next deadline is in September. Call details are on the EC website and for further support, please contact Becca Edwards
  • What does the EC want to see for its 70.2 billion euros? Get some insights from the update on the progress of the Europe 2020 policy.
  • UKRO is running an information session on the  Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND  call. For further details, please click here. The session will take place between 10.3oam-4pm in London. Further details about the COFUND call can be found on the European Commission website.  The EC says:  “Transnational mobility opens up new horizons for researchers. To encourage their movement across borders, Marie Curie Actions offer additional funding to existing or new regional and national fellowship programmes for research training and career development. This COFUND scheme can also support and strengthen existing and new international programmes”.
  • URKO annual conference. Book now! 26th/27th June in Bristol. They say: Each year the UK Research Office (UKRO) organises a two-day Annual Conference aimed predominantly at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers. The conference provides an excellent forum for discussion and networking with key speakers from the European Commission on a range of EU policies and funding opportunities. 2014 is an important year for research organisations as everyone adapts to the changes brought about by Horizon 2020, Erasmus Plus and other new programmes. Furthermore, this year, UKRO is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and a special edition of the Annual Conference will be held on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June in Bristol”.
  • What to know what the Horizon 2020 evaluators are looking for? Email Becca Edwards for the latest inside view.
  • Finding the online systems of Horizon 2020 a struggle? Then participate in this survey to make it better!
  • Working conditions and career development to be included in the H2020 grant agreement. Further details available from Vitae.
  • Interreg V:Launch of the public consultations. Further details on the Interreg V website

As ever, if you are looking for further support to develop your EU funding proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Lynch or Rebecca Edwards in R&KEO.

What does Horizon 2020 mean to you? Check out these resources to learn more!

Horizon 2020 in briefMany colleagues that I speak to feel that Horizon 2020 is not something for them, when in-fact the share of the 70.2 billion euros could be a key area of research funding.

But how do you get started? As Horizon 2020 gathers momentum, more information is becoming available to help support your proposal development.

Check out this new publication: Horizon 2020 in brief for a great no-nonsense introduction. Another factsheet has been produced by Enterprise Europe Network and is also well worth a read.

And don’t forget, you can watch the Horizon 2020 UK launch via this webinar.

 

 

Last chance to sign-up for a Horizon 2020 Information Day in London – registration closes Friday 21st March

Horizon 2020Next week, there is a Horizon 2020 Information Day being held in London organised by the UK National Contact points. Further details are below. If you can’t make it, don’t worry, Rebecca Edwards will be there and feedback the relevant information.

Date:28 March, 9.30-13.30

UK National Contact Points

A cross disciplinary Programme for the academic community

This information day is part of a series of events organised by RCUK national contact points. They are for organisations interested in exploring funding opportunities in key areas of the new European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (2014-2020) launched on 11 December 2013.

Programme

  • 9.30-9.45 – Registration
  • 9.45-10.00 – Introduction on H2020
  • 10.00-10.20 – Legal and financial Issues
  • 10.20-10.30 – An evaluators perspective
  • 10.30-10.50 – Research infrastructures (including e-infrastructures)
  • 10.50-11.05 – FP7 success story: research infrastructures programme
  • 11.05-11.20 – Coffee break
  • 11.20-11.45 – Societal challenge 1: health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • 11.45-12.15 – Europe in a changing world: Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies and social sciences and humanities embedded across H2020
  • 12.15-12.40 – Science with and for society
  • 12.40-13.30 – Drop in sessions with one of the national contact points for questions and specific advice not covered during the main session

There is no charge for the event but registration is necessary in order to participate. Registration closes 21 March 2014 or before if maximum capacity is reached.


Training on Mixed Methods – book now for 19th March

This session will provide researchers with a broad overview of the practical and philosophical aspects of mixed methods research.  The following areas will be outlined:

  • paradigmatic assumptions of post-positivist and constructivist/interpretivist research
  • the key philosophical debates surrounding the paradigmatic stance of mixed methods inquiry
  • practical issues such as priority and sequence decisions, point of integration, write-up and dissemination

This session would be extremely useful for anyone thinking of using a mixed methods approach for their research, or those looking to develop their understanding of research paradigms more generally.

Facilitated by: Joanne Mayoh, Lecturer in Sport and Physical Activity, School of Tourism

Aimed at: Academic Staff

Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014, 13.00 – 15.00, P405, 4th Floor, Poole House, Talbot Campus

Booking: staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk

Finding research funding using Research Professional Workshop – training TODAY!

Research Professional is the world’s largest database of funding opportunities. This hands-on session, in a computer lab, will talk you through how to customise your account, to get only the most relevant funding opportunities delivered to you weekly. This includes refinement by award type (fellowship, large grant, travel grant), country of sponsor, start date, etc.

This is the only tool you need for finding funding and once you have customised your account – you need never hunt for funding again.

Book NOW for training on Monday 10th March 2014, 1-2pm, P233, Second Floor, Poole House, Talbot Campus. Facilitated by Emily Cieciura, RKE Support Officer, R&KEO

To secure a place, email staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk

Thinking about applying for one of the Marie Skłodowska Curie calls under Horizon 2020? Book now for training!

Remember the Marie Curie calls under FP7? Well, they are new and improved under Horizon 2020 and have been renamed and revised…

Dr Martin Pickard, the trainer says: “The new Marie Skłodowska Curie schemes within Horizon 2020 have considerable relaxed rules enabling even greater opportunities for participation; from individual research fellowships to medium term collaboration exchange. Presenting Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie as a whole, the workshop also focuses on the opportunities for individual fellowships to highlight these opportunities and presents how to approach them to ensure a maximum chance of success (typically better than 1 in 3)”.

To learn more about the Marie Skłodowska Curie calls, please book NOW via staff development:

If you are already developing a Marie Skłodowska Curie proposal and would like a one-to-one Dr Martin Pickard after one of the information sessions, please contact Dianne Goodman.

Thinking about other EU schemes? To learn more about Horizon 2020 as a whole, please book NOW via staff development:

And don’t forget that BRAD offers a range of additional training opportunities which are very helpful to developing proposals for EU funding. These include:

Why not come along to all the available training sessions and boost your chances of being successfully funded by the European Union?

– See more at: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/?p=28698&preview=true#sthash.6Y6XdPHK.dpuf

Wondering if you could access any of the €70b EU fund for research, but not sure where to start? Sign up NOW for training!

As many readers of this blog will already know, 2014 has seen the start of a new era of EU funding through Horizon 2020, which totals a whopping €70.2 billion. BU has had some great success in receiving EU funding in recent years, so to learn more about how you could access this funding, sign up now for training.

Dr Martin Pickard, the trainer says: “The new Marie Skłodowska Curie schemes within Horizon 2020 have considerably relaxed rules enabling even greater opportunities for participation; from individual research fellowships to medium term collaboration exchange. Presenting Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie as a whole, the workshop also focuses on the opportunities for individual fellowships to highlight these opportunities and presents how to approach them to ensure a maximum chance of success (typically better than 1 in 3)”.

To learn more about the Marie Skłodowska Curie calls, please book NOW via staff development:

If you are already developing a Marie Skłodowska Curie proposal and would like a one-to-one Dr Martin Pickard after one of the information sessions, please contact Dianne Goodman.

If you want to learn more about Horizon 2020 as a whole, then come along to our our session on Horizon 2020 – The New Opportunities and How to Attack Them. Our trainer says: The new Horizon 2020 programme, which will fund over €10 Billion of research each year, has started.  Although, on the face of it, H2020 is similar to the previous Framework 7 programme there are, in fact, numerous significant and important differences. Understanding these differences will enable many increased opportunities and flexibility of approach to funding your research.  There are thus many opportunities. This preparatory workshop introduces H2020, in the context of its remit structure and highlights these exciting new opportunities to discuss the differences in approach and strategy required to present a competitive bid and ensure success.

To learn more, please book NOW via staff development:

And don’t forget that BRAD offers a range of additional training opportunities which are very helpful to developing proposals for EU funding. These include:

Why not come along to all the available training sessions and boost your chances of being successfully funded by the European Union?

Want to learn how to cost your research proposal and navigate BU’s internal processes?

Are you thinking about submitting a proposal for research funding for the first time? Perhaps it has been some time since you last put a proposal together and the mysterious research office has vanished from Dorset House?  Or are you utterly baffled and bewildered by the myriad processes that BU insists you follows?

Then come along to this week’s BRAD session on Research Application Processes at BU to help it all become clear (or at least a little less muddy).

  • Facilitated by: Jennifer Roddis and Paul Lynch, Research and Knowledge Exchange Office
  • 12-Feb-2014, 9am, PG144

This session could save you considerable time and reduce the frustrations involved in the complex process of bidding for research funding.

If you wish to attend, please email staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk to reserve your place.

 

Planning on applying to the British Academy Small Grants scheme this April?

Spring is around the corner and with it the deadline for the British Academy Small Grants scheme  on 15th April.

BU has a less than 10% success rate with proposals being funded by the British Academy Small Grants Scheme. Therefore, we strongly encourage anyone that is thinking of submitting to the scheme to use the RPRS service. In a nutshell, this will ensure you receive two sets of feedback in order to help you refine your proposal before it is submitted to maximise your chances of success. If you are planning to use the RPRS, please contact Rebecca Edwards as soon as possible.

Timescales

  • Begin preparations on the application – as soon as possible. The most important first step is to read the guidance, which also gives details of what to include in your application.
  • Contact your RKE Operations Support officer for the appropriate costings and approval process  – as soon as possible.
  • Completing of the draft proposal for the final deadline for submitting to the RPRS – 14th February
  • Application form likely to be available – 4th March
  • Final submission date to RKEO – 8th April

Book writing: essential information for researchers

Coming soon is essential training on book writing. A must for researchers, especially those looking to write their first book.

Facilitated by Professor Stuart Allan, this session will provide advice on the following topics:

  • writing for book publications
  • submitting chapters
  • Intellectual property rights
  • copyright
  • attribution
  • co-authorship

Facilitated by: Professor Stuart Allan, The Media School

Aimed at: Academic Staff

Date: Monday 27th January 2014

Time: 14.00-16.00

Location: PG22, Ground Floor, Poole House, Talbot Campus

To book your place on this workshop, please email staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk

 

Surveys and Questionnaires Workshop: essential researcher training

This session will cover survey and questionnaire design, construction, sampling, methods and analysis. An essential tool for many areas of research!

Facilitated by: Edwin Van Teijlingen

Aimed at: Academic Staff

Title: Surveys and Questionnaires Workshop

Date: Wednesday 15th January, 2013

Time: 12.30-13.30

Location: S305, Third Floor, Studland House, Lansdowne Campu

To book your place on this workshop, please email staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Using Social Media to Enhance Your Research Profile and Get Your Message to a Wider Audience

Are you interesting in learning about Using Social Media to Enhance Your Research Profile and Get Your Message to a Wider Audience?

This session will cover how you can use social media, such as  Twitter, Blogs, social citations, Facebook, and online networking to raise your academic profile. The benefits of doing so include raising your academic profile, finding collaborators, engaging the public with your research and creating pathways to impact.

  • Facilitated by: Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, School of Tourism
  • Aimed at: Academic staff
  • Friday 10th January, 2-4pm in PG22, Ground Floor, Poole House, Talbot Campus. To book a place, please email staffdevelopment@bournemouth.ac.uk

To learn more about how social media can be a powerful tool for academics, see this article by Kaisa Puutinen and Rosalind Edwards on Who gives a tweet? After 24 hours and 860 downloads, we think quite a few actually do

social media for the terrified

WISERD 2014 Annual Conference: Call for Papers

WISERD 2014 Conference – Call for Papers

The WISERD 2014 Conference will be held on 3-4 July 2014 in Aberystwyth University. We are delighted to be able to confirm that Professor Bob Jessop  and Professor Karel Williams have agreed to deliver keynote addresses.  Call for papers WISERD 2014

The 2014 conference is the fifth annual WISERD conference, and follows on from four successful conferences, held in Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor and South Wales Universities. WISERD conferences attract colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors in Wales; and have become established as one of the most important events in the social science calendar.

How to get involved
We are currently inviting submissions of abstracts for papers and posters. We have both themed and open strands for which submissions are invited. The themed sessions are as follows:

·        Culture, Values and Creative Industries
·        Civil Society
·        Economic Life
·        Health, Environment and Wellbeing
·        Transitions in Education, Childhood and the Labour Market
·        Social Care across the Life-course

In terms of open sessions, the programme for the conference is intended to reflect the research interests and priorities of the social science and policy sectors within Wales, the UK and internationally. As such, all topics will be considered for inclusion within the conference programme.

WISERD invites submissions from all areas of the research community including, but not restricted to, academics, students and third sector colleagues.

PhD Student Competition
WISERD, in collaboration with the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, will be awarding prizes to postgraduate students who present posters.

All posters submitted by postgraduate students will be automatically entered into the competition. If you do not wish your poster to be entered, please note this in the ‘additional information’ section of the abstract proforma.

Essay Competition
In addition to the Poster competition, the 2014 WISERD conference will include a ‘collaboration short essay competition’.  Entrants must be currently registered PhD students and must be attending the conference.

Entries should be sent to WalesDTC@cardiff.ac.uk by Friday 13 June 2014.  They will be judged by the DTC Director and a senior WISERD representative.

To submit a proposal
The full call for papers is here:  WISERD 2014 Conference Abstract Proforma FINAL. To submit a proposal, please complete and send to: wiserd.events@cardiff.ac.uk.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 January 2014.

The unexpected REF journey: how I became part of the process and how it has shaped how I think about HE



Changing places

Two years ago, I could have never imagined the role that I would ultimately play in BU’s REF submission. At the time, I was a research fellow at a nearby institution and in that fortunate position of being able to take a certain detached distance from the whole REF process. Even so, there was a building surge of preparations absolving more and more time for my senior colleagues; simulation exercises were underway and the work of some of the brightest and the best critically scrutinized. Tensions were raised, impact was feared, but for the most part at that stage, I was progressing a number of research projects which meant a lot of time out of the office and in the field.

In April 2012, I took the momentous step leaving the research post which I had worked so hard to get, to pursue my lifelong passion and commitment to public engagement with research. Initially, in no way was my new role to be related to our REF submission, indeed, in many institutions there is a concerted effort for public engagement officers not to be connected to the ‘impact agenda’. There are many reasons as to why this is the case, not least is the fear that public engagement will be tarnished by REF anxieties, but in my-case, that was not meant to be…

Fate intervenes

As you may have read in Julie’s earlier post, babies became a central feature of the REF team. When we knew Sally was going on maternity leave, I was asked to continue her work on supporting the development of the impact case studies for the REF. Although a mammoth task, it was an opportunity that I could not refuse. On my last day in my previous institution, I had co-organised an event around ‘food and the third sector’, aimed at bringing together key practitioners with leading academics in the field. It was a terrific event and I believe genuinely developed new understandings between key practitioners, policy makers and academics. One of our speakers (not so co-incidentally) was Kevin Morgan (one of my first bosses and recent winner of an ESRC impact prize) was delighted to hear of my new role at BU and I remember him saying (in his distinct lyrical tones) that ensuring research was of benefit to society was ‘in my blood’ – probably true given I come from a family of engineers and technology experts! How you demonstrate impact was also a question that was fresh in my mind having spent the previous two and a half years conducting research with third sector organisations. For charitable causes, impact is king – fundamental to continued support and funding  is the need to demonstrate the difference they make to society.

Climbing the impact mountain

In September 2012, the impact challenge was on. Following a set of agreed actions devised by Matthew, Sally and all the impact case study authors in June 2012, the next task was for the work that had been prepared to date to be transferred into the required HEFCE template. This is harder than it sounds: the template was to be a maximum of four pages with indicative word limits for each section and highly prescribed guidance on each section. At this time, a number of new potential case studies also emerged, and I worked with the authors to develop these and ensure they found their way into the template.

The process of doing this was tremendously challenging for all concerned. How do you summarise up to twenty years of research in a few hundred words? What happens if your research and impact was non-linear? What happens if the sources to corroborate your impact are no longer available? What would happen if the impact was in the process of happening? We found our way through these questions as a team, but we won’t necessarily know the answers to them until the end of next year – however good HEFCE’s answers to the sectors endless queries, it will ultimately be the decisions made in the endless meetings that will take place over 2014 which will determine these.

What did become increasingly clear was the extent to which the impact case studies would be dependent on creating a strong narrative. With such a small amount of space to tell a complex story, this was easier said than done and across the sector colleagues were struggling with how to achieve this. I seem to have spent a not inconsiderable amount of last year in a small room in a hotel in Bristol with other members of REF teams encountering the same issues to which there was rarely an easy answer to. In some ways it was reassuring to know  BU was grappling with the same issues as all our colleagues across the sector. However, it highlighted just how we much were making preparations for the big unknown, i.e. how panel members would react when they caught sight of our impact case studies.

At the same time, a huge number of ‘impact consultants’ seem to have popped up and my inbox filled with offers of very expensive help. This proved to be a hot topic last year, the extent to which expertise should be ‘bought-in’. Some colleagues just wanted their case studies sorted, however, what stays in my mind was a reflection from a professorial colleague at another (research intensive) institution. He was furious that a ‘science writer’ has been imposed on him, making the argument that he was a professional writer and no-one was better placed to write about his research or the impact it had made, although he acknowledged that learning to write case studies was a new skill. That reflection has stayed with me; writing impact case studies is a particular skill, but arguably one which all academics will have to learn in future years.

Mock exercise

2013 started with a writing retreat over in Christchurch, which was an excellent opportunity for peer learning, reflection and contemplation. As the depths of winter gave was to spring, the mock exercise was on and all the impact case studies needed to be in as final form as possible ready for external review by our expert (and mostly non-academic) panel. This was a tense moment; we knew that ‘research users’ (i.e. those in a position to use the research arising from Universities) will be on the REF panels; therefore, it was essential that we had feedback from this community. In the end, their feedback, mostly confirmed what we already knew.

Getting everything ready in-time was a huge amount of effort, especially for my colleague Peng Peng (who did an amazing job throughout) – there were many late nights in the office and we kept each other going with increasingly banal banter and many cups of tea.  We were also putting around double the number of case studies into the mock exercise that we would ultimately need. At the same time, I was also working on another major initiative for BU, the first Festival of Learning – which included over 100 free events, which in itself was a mammoth undertaking.

As the law of sod will dictate, as the mock exercise meetings for our impact case studies fell over the two weeks that the Festival was running. This meant for an extremely busy fortnight for me, with many costume changes – typically my day would start setting up the Festival by 7.30am, (in our Festival t-shirt and jeans), with a  quick change into something smarter for the panel meetings, followed by Festival trouble shooting and most evenings a Festival event well into the evening.  I didn’t really see home or my husband in that fortnight, but it was an incredibly productive two weeks and somehow the timing felt right. It was with a sense of pride that I was able to show our panel members around the Festival and demonstrated that ensuring our research is of benefit to society wasn’t just something we were doing for the purposes of the REF, but something embedded in BU’s DNA.

Sally’s return, impact statements and finalising our submission

Following the mock exercise, Sally came back from maternity leave. It has fantastic to have such a great colleague back with us and Sally was able to bring a fresh pair of eyes to the process and her superb writing skills. She bravely took up the baton of the impact case studies and honed those that had been selected following the mock exercise. This freed up my time to concentrate on the impact narratives, which proved to be especially tricky. Like the impact case studies, we did not have any examples to work from previous exercises. They also asked us to demonstrate the approach to impact taken by each unit of assessment; this was easier said than done as reach back to 2008, there was not necessarily any formalised plans for approaching impact – so this meant drawing on institutional knowledge to develop this section. Working with unit of assessment leaders on future impact strategies was exciting but challenging. Introducing impact as part of the REF has raised many questions, many of which we do not have the answers for.

When we reached November 2013, I remember it seeming quite surreal that the date which we had been focusing on for so long, was finally in view. Naturally, there were some last minute amendments to our submission, but overall the period in the REF team was reasonably cool, calm and collected. Waiting for the button to be pushed, and for the 29th November to pass, felt like time was suspended. And now we wait… although given the years of preparation that have already gone in, a year doesn’t feel so long.

Some early REF reflections

There are many reflections, observations and evaluations to be made over the coming year (and no doubt beyond). Publications are emerging on impact, which I am looking forward to reading and sharing the findings of these with colleagues across BU. I find myself musing over many thoughts, some of which are:

–          The ‘impact agenda’ isn’t going anywhere.  Many colleagues suggested that HEFCE would find a new way to torture us in REF 2020, but I think it is safe to say that demonstrating impact is here to stay, and is likely to be a larger element of the submission next time around.  

–          Our REF preparations have created a superb resource. Yes, it was a huge amount for everyone that was involved in the REF return, however, it has enabled us to demonstrate the very best of what BU does.

–          We must not waste or lose the institutional learning or resources created in preparation for the REF.  In creating an amazing resource for the REF, we share this learning throughout the HE sector an engage the public with it.

–          It has opened the debate about what are Universities are for. Should Universities be drivers of economic growth? Should they be cultural providers? Should they provide the evidence demanded by policy makers? Questions about what universities are far are the as old as the institutions themselves, however, the impact case studies once published will provide interesting food for though. What the REF has perhaps made apparent is that within institutions, there are widely different views on what the future for HEIs could or should be, which in-turn can lead to considerable tension.

–          It has raised questions about who sets the questions. Who drives our enquiry? Does research answer the questions needed by society, or is it our academic community that sets the questions? I suspect the answer lies somewhere within a continuous iterative process, but others may have a very different view.

–          Impact is far more than happy what we can submit to the REF. So much of BU’s best impact does not meet the criteria set out by the HEFCE guidelines, but that does not mean we should stop doing in. In-fact, quite the opposite. As a community we need to challenge the definition of impact and take ownership of it. This means engaging with the impact agenda, not dismissing it.

–          Public engagement is about far more than impact.  Public engagement can be a pathway to impact, however, it is also about far more than impact as defined in-terms of the REF. It is also about inspiring and informing future research, demonstrating the broader public value of HE, celebrating what we do, being accountable and recruiting the research participants of the future.

I will, I am sure, have far more observations and reflections over the coming weeks and months. But until then, I will forward to a break over Christmas before starting in earnest with our REF 2020 preparations. This is something which I genuinely look forward to – despite the inevitable stresses that have arisen from the process, being part of the REF team has brought home just how fantastic BU is and how much opportunity there is to grow and develop as an institution moving forward.