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David Young

Remember when HEFCE suggested replacing peer review with metrics after RAE2008? They backed off fairly quickly following strong opposition, and the REF ended up, as the RAE, largely based on peer review. Well, now that REF2014 is over, talk of metrics-based research assessment is back and HEFCE have just announced an independent review, chaired by Prof James Wilsdon. It will report by spring 2015. More from THE [£] and Research Fortnight [£].


In case there weren’t enough acronyms in the title for you, HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) have published answers to a new set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the REF (Research Excellence Framework. They’re available here: HEFCE REF FAQs The updates include information on the definition of “independent research” for early career…

Expanding Access to Published Research Findings – Report Published

The report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings chaired by Dame Janet Finch has been published. This recommends a programme of action to enable more people to read and use the publications arising from research.  Better, faster communication of research results will bring benefits for public services and for economic…

REF CoP consultation period ends

Northumbria University’s consultation exercise around its Research Excellence Framework (REF) Code of Practice has come to an end. There was an encouraging degree of interest in the Code, with well over 500 individual visits to the consultation page on the University website.  All suggestions and potential amendments will be reported to the REF Advisory Group…