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Assessment credits: A programme element of a course, typically 40 hours in duration.
Age profile: The age of students entering further education colleges, grouped accordingly into age bands.
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Bibliometrics:Bibliometrics is the generic term for data about publications. This includes data on the numbers of articles and publications produced, classified under different headings such as author, institution, subject area, country, in order to construct simple indicators of productivity for academic research. It also includes more sophisticated techniques such as the number of times an article is 'cited', or mentioned, in other publications. Bibliometrics have been used to derive indicators of quality by many countries and organisations. They were explored as a potential element for use in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework.
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Impact:The element of the Research Excellence Framework that seeks to assess the benefits of research to society including but not limited to economic, policy, culture and quality of life.
Peer review:Peer review is a system whereby research - or a research proposal or journal article - is scrutinised by independent experts (peers). In general, the process looks to ensure the research is sound, though also at whether it is significant or important. It is used in several ways in the UK: by the UK HE funding bodies, to assess the research quality in universities in the RAE and REF; by other funding bodies such as research councils and charities for advice on which research projects should be funded; and to assess the quality and significance of research before publication in scientific journals.
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