Faculty of Social Sciences Introduction to REF Session
Duration 1 hour
Team Researcher Academy

This online session is run by the Researcher Academy as part of the Faculty of Social Sciences Training Programme

Target Audience: 
Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) in the Faculty of Social Sciences who would like to learn more about Research Excellence Framework (REF) processes and changes. 


This ‘Introduction to REF’ event is primarily aimed at early career researchers (including PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows) across the Faculty of Social Sciences. This will introduce all participants – especially those with limited experience in UK Higher Education – to the language and culture of Research Excellence Framework (REF). 

Prof. Tim Jay, the Faculty APVC for Research will give an overview of the REF from a social science perspective, explaining what REF means for us as an institution (including the funding implications). Then Prof. Katharine Adeney, a former REF 2021 panel member, will give an 'insiders' perspective on what the process looks like.  

The main learning outcome is to demythologise REF for early career colleagues. It will explain what a 4* piece looks like, how the REF panel assessed 'world changing' impact, and explain how early career researchers can gear up for this REF cycle. 

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at ra-training@nottingham.ac.uk.

Access MS Teams
Attend the session at the specified date and time
Use MS Teams chat box function
Engage with online materials
Watch and listen to the session leader(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course

LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course28 June 202428 June 202411:00am - 12:00pm104