Research with Impact Forums

Our Research with Impact webinar series launched in January 2021 to showcase some of the brilliant work that is undertaken at Sussex and explore issues which are of particular relevance to our research community, from PhDs to professors.

Through the Research with Impact forum series we aim to bring to life the incredible research activities that take place at the University and how we are delivering on our Research with Impact strategic ambitions [PDF, 95.81KB].

Professor Keith Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), leads the forums and invites internal and external speakers to contribute or lead sessions.

The events are designed to be both informative and informal ways of presenting the latest research news.

Our calendar of events for 2022 will cover:

  • 12 May - 11-12.00 noon
    REF 2021 results: Q&A with Keith Jones
  • 8 June
    TBC
  • 27 July
    Ethics / integrity responsible metrics
  • October
    Quantum at Sussex

2022

May
REF 2021 results, with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Keith Jones, and colleagues

Event presentation: 
Presentation - 12 May 2022 RWI forum - REF 2021 results [PDF 2.91MB]

Note: This version of the presentation has been updated since the event to include some clarifying information, including extra slides to give context to analysis provided in the webinar. Static ranking tables have also been removed and replaced with links to the Times Higher Education tables. 


Outstanding questions:

1. Why is Leicester listed twice in UoA34?

Leicester is listed twice in UoA34 because the university will have requested and received advance permission to make multiple submissions to the same Unit of Assessment (UoA). This is an approach that is not available by default, but for which REF did allow special cases to be considered. This was sometimes approved where different departments in a particular institution represent distinct elements within the UoA - so for Leicester, one of their submissions to UoA34 is labelled as 'Museum Studies', and the other as 'Media and Communication'. 

2. Are there plans to develop new Engineering programmes as our comparatively smaller school will likely underperform across the sector if that UoA stays broad?

This is a question for the School of Engineering and Informatics in terms of developing its REF strategy for the next submission.  


3. Would it make a difference if we were to submit to a smaller number of UoAs?

All staff that are eligible to be submitted REF have to be submitted according to current REF rules. However some individuals because of the nature of their research  have the potential to be submitted to different UoAs (eg. either to UoA4 or UoA5), so in principle any higher education institution could make the decision to expand/contract its UoAs on the basis of how portable the research was from one UoA to another. However the inclusion of all staff in the REF has severely restricted the ability to game the assessment in this way the question describes.

April
Narrative CVs and broader DORA principles of evaluating research with Suzanne Tatham

February
Innovation and Business Partnerships at Sussex and how the University is developing its work in this area.

March
Early Career Researchers, with Erika Mancini and Dana Gamble from Universities UK discuss the Concordat work to support the careers of researchers

2021

January
Introduction / launch of webinar series (Keith Jones, Sue Angulatta and Seb Oliver)

March
Internationalisation and security and how it applies to research (Keith Jones and Bridget Edminson)

May
Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) and former Chief Scientist to the United Nations Environment Programme, Professor Joseph Alcamo talked about Sustainability SSRP and COP linked with Sustainability strategy (Joseph Alcamo, Beth Nicholls, Ozul Bozkurt)

September
Open Research (Dr Chris Kiefer, Jennifer Gibson, Dr Rose Harris-Birtill, Prof Marcus Munafò)

December
Q&A with Jeremy Niven, the new Dean of the Doctoral School