New Warwick UCU survey on local REF procedures

Warwick UCU has conducted a survey of its members on selection procedures for the 2014 REF. The survey found that much good research has been excluded from the REF and that interdisciplinary research, in particular, has been sidelined. For the full survey results, please click on  https://www.warwickucu.org.uk/sites/default/files/Warwick%20REF%20survey.pdf

  1 comment for “New Warwick UCU survey on local REF procedures

  1. Steve
    18 December 2013 at 12:12 am

    Having been personally highlighted in the RAE panel response in 2007, having written a highly praised impact statement which is being submitted and, since 2007, having produced 16 publications of which 9 are in my view eminently ‘ref’able items, I expected at least 4 to be returned.

    However, only two items are being returned in my University’s REF submission.

    Why? well, excluded are the following – and the reason for exclusion:

    1. a Published and highly regarded and highly cited Report of Original Research for the Council of Europe which resulted in changes being made to a Council reccomendation – because “Research reports are not rated”

    2. a Published and Highly regarded, and highly cited, Report of Original Research for the Cabinet office which resulted in our recommended changes being made to legislation – because “Research reports are not rated”

    3. an internal Report of Original Research for the Dept. of Health (which we were not permitted to publish by the DoH) which resulted in our recommended changes to clinical practice being put in place – because “Research reports are not rated”

    4. two refereed chapters in a medical book – because “medicine isn’t our discipline.”

    3. two ‘long’ journal articles which are multi authored across several disciplines, that took an international team of ‘volunteer’ researchers six years of research to be written and which led to a huge international change to medical practice, are not being included because “Multi-authored / inter-disciplinary research is not rated”

    And anyway, “we can use the fact that you are disabled to excuse why you have only produced two publications.”

    A farce – and furthermore, the decision will almost certainly mean that I will not be able to apply for a pay rise, as I will not meet the criteria.

    If I wasn’t disabled, I might have the strength to pursue them for discrimination, but I am disabled, and after all that effort, I am well and truly knackered as well as totally disillusioned.

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