Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Australians Gear Up for their First REF
An interesting article in the Times Higher about the Australian equivalent of the REF, the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). No funding allocation is based on its results - yet. But it's interesting to see that they will be using a 'basket of metrics' - considered by HEFCE but ultimately thought to be too unreliable in the UK. In particular, the idea of grading the journals that articles appear in comes in for some criticism: who decides on this ranking?