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September 2009/38
Policy development
Consultation

Responses should be e-mailed to HEFCE by Wednesday 16 December 2009


Research Excellence Framework
Second consultation on the assessment and funding of research

This document sets out proposals for the Research Excellence Framework the new arrangements for the assessment and funding of research in UK higher education institutions that will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).


To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions
Heads of HEFCW-funded higher education institutions
Heads of SFC-funded institutions
Heads of universities in Northern Ireland
Organisations with an interest in commissioning and using academic research including businesses, public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations
Of interest to those responsible for: Research, Planning
Reference: 2009/38
Publication date: September 2009
Enquiries to: e-mail ref@hefce.ac.uk
Hannah Chaplin tel 0117 931 7296
Pam Macpherson-Barrett tel 0117 931 7471

Executive summary (read online)



Executive summary

Purpose

1.   This document sets out proposals for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) the new arrangements for the assessment and funding of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) that will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Key points

2.   Following an initial consultation on the REF published in late 2007 (HEFCE 2007/34), we have developed detailed proposals for the REF. The proposals build on a pilot exercise on the use of citation information, consideration of how to assess the impact of research as a key new element in the framework, lessons drawn from the 2008 RAE, and extensive expert advice and discussions with a wide range of stakeholders.

3.   This document sets out proposals for all key aspects of the REF. A summary of the proposals is available in the leaflet 'The Research Excellence Framework: a brief guide to the proposals' (shortly to be made available on the web at www.hefce.ac.uk/ref).

4.   We invite responses from HEIs and other groups and organisations with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research. This includes businesses, industry representatives, government and public sector bodies, charities and other third sector, social and cultural organisations.

Action required

5.   Responses to the consultation should be made by completing and returning the form at Annex A by e-mail (see paragraph 21) by midday on Wednesday 16 December 2009.