Steven Hill

About Steven Hill

Steven is Head of Research Policy at HEFCE

The MENA University Summit

, Head of Research Policy | 02 March 2015

The title of oldest university in the world is a contested one, but both the Guinness Book of Records and UNESCO agree that the title goes to the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco, which was founded in 859, some two centuries before the foundation of the University of Bologna. With this, and other ancient seats […]

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Time for REFlection

, Head of Research Policy | 12 December 2014

Next week the wait will be over, the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) will be released to the world. In the run up to the big announcement it isn’t surprising that there is plenty of commentary about the REF, its perceived strengths and weaknesses, its costs and benefits, the funding outcomes, and of […]

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Open access: because it’s worth it

, Head of Research Policy | 18 November 2014

The cost of implementing open access policies in the UK remains a hot topic. It is part of the deliberations of the review of RCUK policy of which I am a member, and the question of costs continues to be raised in the context of the open access requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework.

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REF Impact: much more than just economic

, Head of Research Policy | 15 October 2014

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous sectors, but over the last decade the rate of serious injuries has more than halved in the UK. Research carried out in the engineering department of Loughborough University has played an important role in developing frameworks and practices that underpin this improvement. While there is no […]

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