UCU today congratulated higher education staff for their hard work following the publication of the REF results, but warned that world-leading UK research was often being conducted by people with little or no job security.
In a new policy statement UCU argues that government must allocate greater resources across more institutions to cover more diverse areas of research.
Dr. Adam Wright, Research and Policy Officer (HE) at the National Union of Students explains why the REF is an issue for students
Perverse incentives mean the REF encourages mediocrity rather than excellence, argues Dennis Leech, University of Warwick
How the fate of interdisciplinary research discloses the ways in which universities have responded to REF in a way that breaches HEFCE regulations and, more importantly, how the REF has betrayed the very notion of the university. By Paolo Palladino.
The Research Excellence Framework is an instrument of punishment and reward that distorts the things it seeks to measure. UCU’s Rob Copeland sets out in an article appearing in Research Fortnight how the union aims to protect researchers and improve future assessments.
The original proposal from the funding councils to include an impact element in the research assessment was highly controversial. Following government prompting, the initial proposal in the HEFCE consultation document on the REF in 2009 included a proposal to base 25 per cent of the assessment on an evaluation of the ‘economic and social impact’…
There is a relentless emphasis on publication in particular journals