Our President's response to HEFCE’s new REF 2021 publication


HEFCE's latest publication, ‘Initial Decisions on the Research Excellence Framework 2021’, has been released.    

Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said:

“I am pleased to see from today’s announcement that REF 2021 will seek to further value interdisciplinary research and collaborative endeavours. This is an issue close to the Academy’s heart, as highlighted in our recent report on ‘Team Science’, which laid out a clear path for improving the recognition of the contribution of researchers to cross-disciplinary research.

“I welcome the enhanced focus that will be given to supporting collaboration beyond Higher Education Institutions. Academia-industry and academia-NHS collaborations are increasingly important for ensuring that research reaches its highest potential. It is encouraging to see that the next REF will acknowledge and champion this.

“The Academy’s most recent report, on enhancing the use of scientific evidence, identified the REF as an important driver of responsible research practices. Today’s announcement builds on this by emphasising the importance of open access and open research. In addition to this positive move forward I am pleased to see that HEFCE will provide more guidance on assessing the impact that arises from engaging with the public, another key recommendation of our most recent report. It is important that the REF records measures taken to increase the robustness and reliability of research, and we hope to see this reflected in the further announcements expected in the autumn.

“We hope that these changes will help the next REF to bring a positive and meaningful impact on research culture.“

Read our response to consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework from March 2017. 

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