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By Richard Watermeyer | Published: August 1, 2016
The new report of the REF from Lord Stern hopefully may shift the spotlight away from individual researchers themselves and onto the organizational practice of their universities, argues Richard Watermeyer.
By Robert Dingwall | Published: August 1, 2016
In an effort to prevent 'gaming' the REF, new recommendation from Lord Stern cuts down on the freedom of academics to move from institution as they see fit. Is the cure worse than the disease?
By Roger King | Published: May 18, 2016
The new government report 'Succeeding as a Knowledge Economy' takes forward most of the ideas about improving teaching at Britain institutions of higher education already found in a green paper published in November 2015. So what does this new report tell us about the future?
By Tamar Loach and Martin Szomszor | Published: April 6, 2016
A new report produced by the Digital Science team explores the types of evidence used to demonstrate impact in REF2014 and pulls together guidance from leading professionals on good practice.
By Jon Clayden | Published: August 28, 2015
If the funding allocated to universities on the basis of the REF is correlated to the amount of grant income universities already receive, what is the point of the output assessment process? Jon Clayden suggests this apparent double-counting exercise is not the best we can do.
By Social Science Space | Published: July 9, 2015
A new report looking at the role of metrics in analyzing British academe finds, 'A lot of the things we value most in academic culture resist simple quantification, and individual indicators can struggle to do justice to the richness and diversity of our research.'
By Ron Johnston | Published: March 12, 2015
Publication of the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework evaluation of the quality of work undertaken in all UK universities last December attracted much attention. Ron Johnston reviews a book that savagely criticizes the peer reviews undertaken at the heart of the REF but also the mock exercises as universities prepared their submissions.
By Nick Butler and Sverre Spoelstra | Published: February 6, 2015
Nick Butler and Sverre Spoelstra argue that the game-playing that accompanies Britain's Research Excellence Framework to achieve better appearances is harming the intent of the exercise.
By Liz Morrish | Published: December 24, 2014
Reporting on panel looking at the UK's Research Excellence Framework, Liz Morrish looks at whether the assessment tools created by government have extended their reach and left academics exposed.
By Simon Marginson | Published: December 19, 2014
A very strong overall REF performance signifies a large concentration of outstanding work. It is an unambiguous plus. All the same, precise league table positions in the REF, indicator by indicator, should be taken with a grain of salt.
By Anthony Kelly | Published: December 18, 2014
Measuring impact was a key feature of the just-released Research Education Framework in the UK. But 'impact' isn't as fair a measurement as we could hope.
By Steven Hill | Published: December 17, 2014
Not all eyes will be glued to the release of the UK's Research Excellence Framework on Thursday. Some of the people who built the REF are evaluating the current lessons to improve the next version.