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REF review published

REF review published

28 Jul 2016

Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework has now been published.

A review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK-wide assessment of university research, has been published by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The review was carried out by Lord Stern, president of the British Academy. One of its key recommendations is that all research-active academics should be entered for REF to eliminate the “stigma” associated with non-submission.

The review recommends that the work of academics who have moved should be claimed by the university where the research was carried out. There has previously been a lively transfer market for academics prior to the REF assessment period.

Lord Stern would also like to see case studies from universities that demonstrate the impact of their research at an institutional level (rather than at a research unit level). The aim of this is to show the impact of collaborations through multi- and inter-disciplinary work.

The four UK funding bodies will prepare a public consultation on the report’s recommendations and SFC will manage this with stakeholders in Scotland. The intention is to issue the consultation in mid-November and for it to run until March 2017.