Friday, 16 June 2017

'Citations Are Peer Review by the World'

Prof John Mingers
The research excellence framework - or REF - has become such an established part of the higher education landscape that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. Since 1985 it has provided the navigation points in a turbulent and changing landscape, marking progress and, like a modern day Lachesis, measuring the threads of individual research in readiness for Atropos’ shears.

As we gear up for REF2021 and wait to hear from HEFCE about what form it will take, it seems an appropriate time to take stock and question whether the game is worth the candle, and if the measurement of research should be undertaken differently.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Japanese Research Funding: the view from inside the JSPS

21 June 2017 12-2pm 
Cornwallis East SR1 

In February last year we ran a Global Research Opportunities Workshop (GROW) focussing on opportunities for collaboration and exchange with Japan. Following on from this I am delighted to say that we will be hosting a colleague from one of the main Japanese funders, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Naomi Hasegawa. She is spending a couple of weeks with us to understand the UK higher education environment, and how the management of research works within a UK university.

As part of her visit she will be giving an insight into the work of the JSPS, the funding it offers, and how it assesses proposals. JSPS offers a broad range of funding, including International Fellowships for Research in Japan, which are open to academics at any career stage.

As ever it’s free and open to all, and a light lunch will be available. However, do let me know if you intend to come so that I can make sure both room and catering are appropriate.