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Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: A small survey of academics

Murphy, Tony and Sage, Daniel (2015). Perceptions of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2014: A small survey of academics. Australian Universities' Review, 57(2) pp. 31–36.

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Abstract

Earlier work inspired by a body of literature raised important questions about the workings of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) and its predecessor the Research Assessment Framework (RAE), and noted the possible adverse outcomes of such processes. This paper builds on this by examining the findings of a small survey of social science academics. The survey identified concerns about the validity of the REF as a proxy for quality, and the role it has had in shaping patterns of research behaviour. There were also frequent concerns related to morale. Yet although responses tended to be negative, there was also a significant voice signalling the importance the REF plays in ensuring accountability and transparency in research, as well as a sense that the pressures that come with such processes are simply ‘part and parcel’ of academic life. The role of wider time-management factors, related to heavy teaching and administration burdens, was also signalled, and cited by some as overshadowing the pressures of REF.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 0818-8068
Keywords: impact; intellectual freedom; pressures to publish; research assessment; Research 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)
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Item ID: 68497
Depositing User: Anthony Murphy
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 11:02
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 16:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68497
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