Category: Critiques

UCU responds to REF results

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.

Challenging the ‘Impact’ element of the REF assessment

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’…