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October 2006/46
Core funding/operations
Request for data

Returns should be uploaded to the HEFCE extranet by Wednesday 13 December 2006

Research Activity Survey 2006

This document asks higher education institutions to update data on research students, research assistants, research fellows and income from charities. These data will inform quality-related research (QR) funding for the academic year 2007-08.

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions
Heads of universities in Northern Ireland
Of interest to those responsible for: Research funding, Finance, Data collection
Reference: 2006/46
Publication date: October 2006
Enquiries to: Hannah Wood tel 0117 931 7395 e-mail

Executive summary (read on-line)


Report and Annexes A-C, E and F

[ MS Word 227K | Zipped Word 117K | Adobe PDF 158K | Zipped PDF 130K ]

Annex D - Samples of forms for completion

[ MS Excel 65K | Zipped Excel 15K ]

Executive summary


1.   This document asks higher education institutions (HEIs) to update information on their research activity.

Key points

2.   The updated data will inform our distribution of research funds for the academic year 2007-08.

3.   No significant changes have been made to the survey since 2005. However we have clarified some of the eligibility criteria for income from charities in Annex C.

4.   All HEIs that made submissions to the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) should complete this survey. Where there is no information to update and a nil return applies, institutions should confirm this nil return by letter.

5.   This document provides:

  1. Guidance notes for completing the Research Activity Survey 2006 (RAS06).
  2. Definitions used in the RAS06 survey (Annexes A, B and C).
  3. Examples of the survey tables (Annex D).
  4. Details of how to obtain templates and upload data (Annex E).
  5. General findings from past audits (Annex F).

6.   We will make workbooks available to nominated data contacts at institutions in November 2006.

Action required

7.    Survey data should be uploaded to the HEFCE extranet by Wednesday 13 December 2006.