Why it matters who seeks to change how we celebrate research: the people behind the Hidden REF

This article is about the Hidden REF team situating ourselves, about not shying away from the fact that we have a standpoint, and about opening up space to widen our view, especially as we move towards constructing assessment panels to judge responses to the Hidden REF. The hope is that this reflexivity can help usContinue reading “Why it matters who seeks to change how we celebrate research: the people behind the Hidden REF”

The Hidden REF raised in Microscopists interview with Dame Ottoline Leyser

Dame Ottoline Leyser was asked about diversity, inclusion and the way that research teams are organised during a recent interview on the Microscopists podcast. The Hidden REF raised as an example. Her response highlighted the “extraordinary contribution of everyone in the system”. Hear the interview on Youtube or via the Microscopists podcast.

The Hidden REF celebrates the whole research ecosystem

The Hidden REF offers all members of the research community the chance to celebrate their unconventional contributions to knowledge.  The REF comes in for a lot of criticism: it’s big, it’s expensive and it soaks up time that many argue would be better spent on conducting research. There’s truth to these criticisms of course, butContinue reading “The Hidden REF celebrates the whole research ecosystem”

UKRI looking for 101 different jobs in research and innovation

The Hidden REF is not alone in campaigning to raise recognition of the diversity of roles that are vital to research. In a recent article, UKRI CEO, Dame Ottoline Leyser, announced a collaboration with the Minister for Science Research and Innovation, Amanda Solloway, to find 101 people, doing 101 different jobs that make major contributionsContinue reading “UKRI looking for 101 different jobs in research and innovation”

Hidden REF extends deadline in response to lockdown

We want to encourage debate about how research is evaluated, about the people who contribute to research, and the outputs they produce. We do not want to add significant extra work to people’s workloads. This is why, in response to the latest UK lockdown, our committee has decided to extend the Hidden REF submission deadlineContinue reading “Hidden REF extends deadline in response to lockdown”

A new dawn for research evaluation?

Academic culture and practices around research evaluation have taken a hit in recent years, with stakeholders across the ecosystem pushing for change. Now a new call has gone out through the launch of an ambitious initiative that recognises the unsung heroes of research. In this post, we discover more about the hidden REF and howContinue reading “A new dawn for research evaluation?”