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August 1, 2011
» REF2014 Draft panel criteria and working methods

The REF have published the Consultation on draft panel criteria and working methods. The consultation questions and response information can be found in Annex A of ‘Generic statement of assessment criteria and panel procedures, plus annexes’ document. The deadline for … Continue reading

July 14, 2011
» Publication of the REF2014 Guidance on submissions

HEFCE have today published the following REF2014 documents: • Guidance on Submissions: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/2011/02_11/ • Guidance to panels: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/other/guide/ • Equality briefing for panels: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/other/equality/ The guidance on submissions sets out the general framework for REF2014 and also provides guidance to … Continue reading

June 29, 2011
» Publication of key REF2014 documents

HEFCE expect to publish the REF2014 ‘Guidance on submissions’ document on Thursday 14th July. The document will be available initially online via the REF website but institutions will receive hard copies shortly after.  HEFCE also expect to publish the ‘Panel … Continue reading

April 5, 2011
» HEFCE Publish Updated List of Expert Panels for 2011

HEFCE have now completed the process of appointing panel members through the nominations received. An updated membership of the expert panels for 2011, where the criteria for the assessment will be set, has now been published on the HEFCE website (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/panels/).

September 29, 2009
» REF Consultation

ast week HEFCE published a second consultation on the proposals for the Research Excellence Framework which can be viewed at:HEFCE

University response

The consultation invites HEIs to submit a response. Each Head of Research and Head or Director in key Corporate Departments who will be affected by the proposals in the consultation have been asked to a co-ordinate a response which will contribute to the overall University response and you should hear from them shortly with detailed arrangements. The internal deadline for these responses to be submitted to the Research Office is 30th October 2009.

A summary of some of the main aspects of the proposals for the REF are contained in the attached document.

For further information on the consultation please contact Dr Sarah Oldfield in the Research Office or use the following link to access theREF web pages which includes supporting documents can be found on the REF web pages

» REF Consultation

Last week HEFCE published a second consultation on the proposals for the Research Excellence Framework which can be viewed at: HEFCE

University response

The consultation invites HEIs to submit a response. Each Head of Research and Head or Director in key Corporate Departments who will be affected by the proposals in the consultation have been asked to a co-ordinate a response which will contribute to the overall University response and you should hear from them shortly with detailed arrangements. The internal deadline for these responses to be submitted to the Research Office is 30th October 2009.

A summary of some of the main aspects of the proposals for the REF are contained in the attached document.

For further information on the consultation please contact Dr Sarah Oldfield in the Research Office or use the following link to access the REF web pages which includes supporting documents can be found on the REF web pages

October 8, 2008
» Editors demand an opt-out from journal rankings

The Times Higher has reported that editors of 45 international academic journals have asked for their titles to be removed from a controversial new journal ranking system.

In a joint editorial entitled “Journals under threat: A joint response from history of science, technology and medicine editors”, the 45 editors denounce the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH).

For full article please see The Times Higher Education

May 19, 2008
» Research Investment Scheme - REMINDER

This is a reminder to all staff that the deadline for the Research Investment Scheme (RIS) is midday on the 29th May 2008. The purpose of the RIS is to stimulate research and publication activity, particularly amongst newly research-active staff, and also to encourage interdisciplinary research within and between Faculties. Additionally, specific calls for proposals will also target strategic areas of research within the University.

The scheme is open to researchers at the University of Glamorgan, RWCMD and also staff who wish to engage in research from Merthyr Tydfil College and Partner Colleges. Full details of the scheme, application form, funding guide and FAQs are available via the funding pages on the research portal.

Enquiries in relation to this scheme should be directed to Dr Sarah Oldfield, Research Excellence Manager, ext. 4484

May 9, 2008
» This week's REF reports

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.

Please contact Dr Sarah Oldfield, Research Excellence Manager, should you require any further information.

May 1, 2008
» University Research Investment Scheme (RIS) – Call for proposals

The University of Glamorgan is pleased to announce the next call for proposals to the Research Investment Scheme (RIS). The purpose of the RIS is to stimulate research and publication activity, particularly amongst newly research-active staff, and also to encourage interdisciplinary research within and between Faculties. Additionally, specific calls for proposals will also target strategic areas of research within the University.

The scheme is open to researchers at the University of Glamorgan, RWCMD and also staff who wish to engage in research from Merthyr Tydfil College and Partner Colleges. Full details of the scheme, application form, funding guide and FAQs are available via the funding pages on the research portal.

Enquiries in relation to this scheme should be directed to Dr Sarah Oldfield, Research Excellence Manager, ext. 4484, sfoldfie@glam.ac.uk.