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REF: An Idea Whose Time Never Came

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.

8 years ago
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We’re At Work on the Next Iteration of REF

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.

8 years ago
Rama Thirunamachandran

A Quick Q&A on the REF With Its Creator

The Conversation asked the man who developed Britain’s Research Excellence Framework back in 2008, Rama Thirunamachandran, vice-chancellor and principal at Canterbury Christ Church University, to talk through it. We repost that conversation here.

8 years ago
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Please Take A More Open View Of Openness

Ben Johnson posits that frequently asked questions concerning open access implementation for particular disciplines arise from an incomplete conception of the nature of openness that neglects one vital component: connection.

9 years ago
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Britain’s New Open Access Policy Changes the Game

With the final consultation period now over, the open access policy for Britain’s next Research Excellence Framework has been released. Alma Swan looks at the rollout–which requires the deposit of articles into repositories–and finds this is pragmatic but good policymaking that should help shift the culture in British universities towards open access.

9 years ago