There are a number of articles in the Times Higher Education this week, 8th May, relating to the RAE and REF which staff might be interested in.
REF could leave universities with ‘huge’ bill, expert warns
This article reports on a conference speech made last week by Linda Butler, head of the Reserach Evaluation and Policy Project at the Australian National University. Based on the Australian model where a similar metrics system was implemented, Ms Butler warns that Institutions could be faced with a “huge” bill in terms of purchasing data, implementation costs and staff time.
REF may cause metrics ‘creep’, analyst warns
This article mainly reports on the comments of Dr Jonathan Adams, the director of Evidence Ltd who warns of the potential under the REF for metrics to be incorporated into some non-science subjects. Also reported is the announcement of a forthcoming tool, “You are the REF” to simulate how institutions may fare under the REF.
Hefce backtracks to test post-RAE plans
Hefce plans to review the original proposals for the REF in a planned pilot exercise. Selected institutions will be selected to take part in the pilot in early June culminating in a pilot consultation in Spring 2009.
Measures without meaning
This opinion article comments on the announcement last month by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills that there will now be a new overarching framework for all subjects. Ron Johnston, Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol (former VC of University of Essex) explains the need for experts to reward research excellence especially within non-STEM subjects rather than rely on quantitative indicators which may not be able to produce reliable indicators of quality within these disciplines.
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