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Revising the Research Excellence Framework: ensuring quality in REF2021, or new challenges ahead?

Murphy, Tony (2017). Revising the Research Excellence Framework: ensuring quality in REF2021, or new challenges ahead? Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21(1) pp. 34–39.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13603108.2016.1246386
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Abstract

This paper considers the likely shape of the next UK Research Excellence Framework (REF). It explores some of the recommendations from the 2016 Stern Review (those concerned with ‘outputs’) and their envisaged impact on the exercise. Drawing on lessons learnt from the previous round of the REF, and some wider commentary, the paper considers some of the problems emergent from REF2014, whether they can be mitigated, and whether new problems might emerge in REF2021. Prominently, the issues of ‘burden’ and ‘gaming’ are explored. Although there are some grounds for optimism, much more detail will be needed before we can be reasonably confident about achieving a less burdensome and a more accurate evaluation of research quality within universities across the UK.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1360-3108
Keywords: Gaming; impact; metrics; research assessment; Research Excellence Framework; Stern review; Teaching Excellence Framework
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 68496
Depositing User: Anthony Murphy
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 14:32
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 10:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68496
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