REFlections is an an event for leading thinkers and policy makers in the world of research policy. The event is run by HEFCE and is taking place at the Royal Society in London on 25th March 2015. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about a package of evidence on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 including:

As part of the REF exercise, universities submitted case studies showcasing the impact of their research beyond academia. These studies outline changes and benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health, the environment and quality of life. The goals of the analysis project undertaken by Digital Science, The Policy Institute at King’s and Nature Publishing Group are to:

  • Make these impact case studies freely available in a form and format that will enable any researcher to carry out analysis, using a range of techniques and methods including automated text-mining. This will be achieved through an online database of case studies.
  • Carry out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact case studies, to extract common themes and messages that will form evidence of the broad impact of higher education research on wider society.

To find our more about the project to analyse the REF impact case studies read our blog post here.

Attendance is currently by invitation only but subject to availability of places, registration to the conference will be opened to others.  To register your interest in attending email admin@ref.ac.uk