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EViR – RoR Webinar: Does research assessment reflect what really happens in academia? Non-traditional careers and The hidden REF  

Please join the RoR Team on 25 July 2022 at 14.00 (BST) for a presentation led by Simon Hettrick. Please contact the EViR Secretariat if you are interested in joining this session. 

Summary of the session

Professor Simon Hettrick is Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Director of the Southampton Research Software Group*. 

He works with stakeholders from across the research community to develop policies that support research software, the people who develop that software and the researchers who rely on it. Simon’s research focuses on the use of software in the research community with the aim of understanding practices and demographics. In this role, he conducted the first study of software reliance in academia. 

Simon is a passionate advocate for Research Software Engineers. He orchestrated a campaign to gain recognition for this community, which has grown from a handful of people in 2013 to a substantial international community numbering in the thousands. He was the founding chair of the UK’s Association of Research Software Engineers and was a founding Trustee of the Society of Research Software Engineering and its Treasurer.  

Simon is the Chair of The Hidden REF ( a national competition that looks to recognise all research outputs and every role that makes research possible. In this role, Simon campaigns for a broader interpretation of how people can contribute to the conduct of research.  


*The Southampton Research Software Group ( is based at the University of Southampton. The group makes research software engineering expertise available to researchers across the University, provides training in software engineering and encourages collaboration and the sharing of knowledge between researchers who rely on software. 

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