What are the implications of the HEFCEmetrics review for the next REF? It is easy to forget that the REF is already all about metrics of research performance.
The review of metrics enjoins universities not to drift with the ‘metric tide’. To do so requires a united front of strategic leadership across the sector.
Ahead of Research Impacts: Evidencing the REF Dr Steven Hill, Head of Policy Research, HEFCE explores some of the issues raised following the publication of the assessments.
The title of oldest university in the world is a contested one, but both the Guinness Book of Records and UNESCO agree that the title goes to the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco, which was founded in 859, some two centuries before the foundation of the University of Bologna. With this, and other ancient seats […]
Next week the wait will be over, the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) will be released to the world. In the run up to the big announcement it isn’t surprising that there is plenty of commentary about the REF, its perceived strengths and weaknesses, its costs and benefits, the funding outcomes, and of […]
Earlier this week the Nuffield Council on Bioethics launched the report of its enquiry into scientific research culture. HEFCE’s Steven Hill was invited to respond to the report at the launch event, and this post is a summary of his comments.
The cost of implementing open access policies in the UK remains a hot topic. It is part of the deliberations of the review of RCUK policy of which I am a member, and the question of costs continues to be raised in the context of the open access requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous sectors, but over the last decade the rate of serious injuries has more than halved in the UK. Research carried out in the engineering department of Loughborough University has played an important role in developing frameworks and practices that underpin this improvement. While there is no […]