UCU said today that academic and academic-related staff should be congratulated for their dedication and hard work, following the publication of the REF results.
The results confirm the UK’s position as a global leader when it comes to research. However, UCU said that too often world-leading research was being conducted by people with little or no job security.
UCU said the government had to recognise that high-quality research is widely distributed throughout UK institutions and should be rewarded with proper public funding. The union warned institutions against using any perceived low scores as an excuse to consider reducing staff numbers. It added that lots of research not included or rated highly in the REF still made a hugely important contribution.