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‘In metrics we trust?’ was hosted by Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Review’s Steering Group and Professor of Science & Democracy at SPRU, University of Sussex.

Over 150 delegates attended the event including members of the metrics review panel, researchers, university managers, metrics developers and providers and a range of stakeholders from the research and HE community.

The workshop was organised into three thematic plenary panels: 'the changing landscape for research metrics'; 'the darker side of metrics' and 'towards responsible uses of metrics'. Contributors presented a diverse range of viewpoints, prompting robust debate about the value, potential role and unintended consequences of metrics in research evaluation. The programme for the day appears below alongside slides from some of the speakers.

In addition to the formal sessions a ‘metrics bazaar’ provided attendees with an interactive opportunity to explore metric tools and platforms from Academic Analytics, Altmetric, PLOS, Snowball Metrics, Elsevier and The Conversation, Plum Analytics and Thomson Reuters. Further insights into the event are available through Twitter, #HEFCEmetrics, and Impact story have encapsulated much of the discussion via Storify.