Wednesday, 9 December 2009

BA: Less would be More

The British Academy has posted its response to HEFCE's REF proposals. They're generally supportive of the process and the form of assessment, but think the percentage dedicated to Impact should be reduced from 25% to 15%, with the extra 10% being distributed between outputs and environment. They also make the point that humanities and social sciences rely more heavily on the block grant, so the REF needs to be fully aware of the needs of these disciplines, and the make up of the panels needs to reflect the sector, and not distort it or make it difficult for the panels to assess the work of the discipline. More detail of the response can be found here.

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