Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Still Looking for Richard

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Still Looking for Richard

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Strangely, Laurie Taylor did not mention the research excellence framework impact arising from Poppleton University's discovery of Boudicca ("Waking the dead", The Poppletonian, 7 February): after all, the University of Leicester's School of Archaeology and Ancient History has surely hit the jackpot with the bones of Richard III. For a week, reports on the subject filled the news bulletins, the front, back and feature pages of broadsheets and tabloids in the UK, the US, Australasia and beyond, and projected the Battle of Bosworth into international consciousness. Poor Richard never had such impact when alive. The Richard III Society, rival cathedrals, Leicester City Council and the university have all laid claim to the accolades, the membership - and the tourism.

But wait. Isn't impact outside academia supposed to be based on excellent research within it? Where is the excellent academic research here? Where are the refereed articles? Where is the final report for peer review and the evidence that the car park is actually within the old Franciscan friary and church (probably no problem, but still), and that the bones did belong to Richard III? …

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