Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

REF Noose Round Neck of Academic Freedom: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

REF Noose Round Neck of Academic Freedom: Letters

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Over the summer, my department asked me to prepare a research excellence framework impact statement based on work I had done six years ago ("Swansea's REF plan diet hard to swallow", News, 5 September). This came out of a collaboration with a young statistician from abroad who visited my research group for a year to learn about dynamic modelling. Our joint paper was a success and caught the attention of his government's health division. He was therefore keen to push the work forward, so I helped but took a back seat.

As a senior researcher, part of my job is to train young faculty to develop into independent researchers. Well, this is what I thought, anyway, but six years later I realise my mistake. What I should have done was take ownership of the work, make sure my name was on everything and record, in minute detail, all evidence of impact. Based on these criteria, I did not do my job properly. …

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