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UA responds to the Stern Review of the REF

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 16.48.14University Alliance has issued its response to Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework. Its recommendations include:

  • The REF should recognise and reward dynamism by using productivity measures, examining research income input against research quality output.
  • National research data infrastructure should be developed as a one-stop shop for information for researchers and the HE sector more broadly.
  • The analytical function and expertise which has been built up around the REF should form the nucleus of a national research analysis unit, informing the entire UK research and innovation ecosystem in an advisory role to Research UK when it is formed.
  • Environment and impact should be assessed at Panel level within the REF so that challenge-based and interdisciplinary research are fully captured.
  • Consultation should take place with the research community on establishing common currencies and units to measure impact.
  • The REF must retain a selective staff approach to avoid contractual changes which would be to the detriment of the UK research ecosystem.

Click here or on the image to read our full submission.