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REF by Numbers? HEFCE launches consultation into use of metrics for research assessment

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has launched a formal call for evidence relating to the use of metrics in research assessment and management. The review will explore the potential use of metrics for research assessment, consider their robustness across different discipline areas, and assess their potential contribution to the development of research excellence and impact.

Professor Wilsdon (Science Policy Unit, University of Sussex) is leading the independent review that defines metrics as “the quantitative analysis of scientific and scholarly research outputs and their impacts. Metrics include a variety of measures and statistical methods for assessing the quality of and broader impact of scientific and scholarly research.”

The call for evidence asks academics to identify useful metrics for research assessment, to consider how those metrics should be used in research assessment, ‘gaming’ and strategic use of metrics, and the international perspective.

The outcomes from the review will inform the work of HEFCE and the other UK higher education funding bodies as they prepare for future iterations of the Research Excellence Framework.

The deadline for responses is Monday 30th June, and MMU’s RKE team is coordinating an MMU institutional response to the call for evidence. If you are interested in feeding into this exercise then please email s.gray@mmu.ac.uk for further information.

Alternatively, you can find out more by going to: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/rsrch/howfundr/metrics/

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