Responding to the government’s announcement of the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) today, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Lord Stern’s review of research funding provides an important opportunity to both recognise and better understand Britain’s research strengths, building on the dynamism and diversity which exist in the system.
“As Sir Paul Nurse acknowledged in his recent review of the Research Councils, high-quality research takes place in a wide range of institutions and any funding system must be inclusive.
“It is important that a genuinely competitive system is retained and that the real-world impact of research continues to be reflected, particularly at a time when big changes are underway in the research and HE funding landscape. We look forward to working with Lord Stern and the steering committee as the review begins its work.”