Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'User'-Friendly REF Panels to Gauge Impact: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'User'-Friendly REF Panels to Gauge Impact: News

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More than one in five of those sitting in judgement on the quality of scholarly work in the 2014 research excellence framework will not be academics but instead will be drawn from companies, the government and organisations such as charities.

This is more than double the proportion of research "users" who were included on panels in the final research assessment exercise and is part of the government's controversial drive to increase the importance of research "impact".

In the 2008 RAE, the forerunner of the REF, just under 10 per cent of panellists were research "users".

But in 2014, 20 per cent of overall results will depend on the assessments of research's impact outside the academy, be it on the economy, society or wider culture. As a result, the number of research users is being increased to reflect this proportion.

On 20 June, 215 new assessors, mainly drawn from outside universities, were announced to "augment the expertise" of the 770 panellists already confirmed, most of them academics, although at the time of going to press their identities had not been revealed. …

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