01 Sep 2017
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (1 September) welcomed the decisions published by Hefce which will, in part, determine how the next Research Excellence Framework will be managed.
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“The focus on inter-disciplinary research and the appointment of specific panel members to oversee its assessment aligns with the government’s industrial strategy and will be well-received by modern universities.
“We particularly welcome the decision to align the research and funding councils’ definitions of impact and widen the assessment of the impact of research on teaching to include impacts within the university as a whole. Perhaps most significant is the decision to increase the weighting of impact to 25% by reducing the weighting for outputs to 60%, which MillionPlus has advocated for some time.
“The UK needs a dynamic approach to research funding and a new fund for translational research in addition to the funding allocated as a result of the assessment of research excellence which the REF provides. These decisions on the future management of the REF will help Research England to deliver this.”
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