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HEPI / Elsevier Research Conference, ‘UK Research Looking Forward’, Wednesday 1 March 2023

  • 1 March 2023
  • 9.30am to 2.30pm
  • RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD


Building on our programme of work on research, HEPI is working in partnership with Elsevier to host a half-day conference looking to the future of research in UK higher education, on Wednesday 1 March 2023 from 9.30am (registration) to 2.30pm (with lunch included). 

This half-day conference will provide a forum for senior leaders and policymakers from across the sector to discuss a range of key issues relation to the future of UK research, with sessions looking at: 

  • Reflections on REF 2021 and the path to reach 2.4% 
  • The security and resilience of UK research in an ever-changing global world order
  • The kind of research culture that enables researchers to take risks

Speakers include:

  • Heather Bovill, Deputy Director for Surveys and Economic Indicators, Office for National Statistics;
  • Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Executive Chair, Research England;
  • Henry Hughes, Chief Technology Officer – Cyber Security, Jisc
  • Professor Sarah Main, Executive Director, CaSE;
  • Dr Blessing Marandure, FHEA Interim Deputy Programme Leader (Undergraduate Psychology Programmes) and Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Fair Outcomes Champion, De Montfort University;
  • Dr Julie Maxton, Executive Director, The Royal Society;
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy);
  • Dr Karen Salt, Deputy Director, R&I System Diversity and Security, UKRI; and
  • Stephanie Smith, Head of Policy (Research and International), The Russell Group.

To see the full programme and to register your place online, please go to  

Any queries should be sent to [email protected]

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