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UA responds to new REF policy announcements

Commenting on new Research Excellence Framework policy announcements, Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said:

“Who should be submitted to the REF and which institutions get the credit for their publications were by far the thorniest questions of the consultation, and HEFCE and the other funding councils have come up with fair solutions to both. Compared to what was originally on the table, letting institutions identify individuals with significant responsibility for research is a much better method of determining all staff submission which reflects the approach proposed by University Alliance.

“Likewise, allowing more than one institution to count the publications of a researcher who has moved jobs gives credit where it’s due and will spell an end to the cut-throat transfer market seen in previous cycles. Detail matters when it comes to the REF. We are pleased that the funding councils have taken this conciliatory approach to addressing the sector’s concerns.”

Notes for Editors

  1. University Alliance has written widely on the design and implementation of REF 2021 including articles for HEFCEWonkhe and Research Fortnight. Our response to the consultation can be found here.