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REF – Assessment framework and guidance on submissions

HEFCE have just published their Assessment framework and guidance on submissions’ which provides the general framework for the REF and guidance on submissions including …’ procedures, the data that will be required, and the criteria and definitions that will apply’.

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Updated Membership of REF Panels

HEFCE say that they have now completed the process of appointing panel members through the nominations received. An updated membership of the expert panels for 2011, where the criteria for the assessment will be set, has now been published on:  http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/panels/

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HEFCE publish REF timetable

HEfCE has now published the timetable for the Research Excellence Framework.  http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/timetable/

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REF IMPACT Reduced to 20%

The THE  have just reported that the percentage of  points given to research impact in the REF will be reduced from 25% to 20%.

Read the full story on the THE website or visit the HEFCE website for the report Decisions on assessing research impact

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Swansea represented on REF panels

Swansea University will be represented on 5 of the REF sub panels, a good representation for a university of our size. Profs Roger Owen, David Blackaby, Hilary Lappin-Scott and Judith Phillips will be on the expert panels for Civil Engineering, Economics, Business & Management, Earth systems & Environmental Sciences, Social Work & Policy. Full details of membership can be found at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2011/refpanel.htm

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REF Panel Members Announced

Announcement on HEFCE website 21 Feb 2011

The REF team on behalf of the four UK funding bodies today announced the membership of the expert panels for the REF 2014.

Membership of the panels comprises a balance of academic subject experts and those with expertise in the use or contribution of research more widely, as well as members with an international perspective on the main panels.

Further members are still to be appointed by the four funding bodies to a small number of panels. An updated membership list will be published when the process is complete.

The full list of main panel and sub-panel chairs was announced earlier this year.

The REF team will now work with the chairs and members of the panels during 2011 to develop the criteria for the assessment in 2014.

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Development of bibliometric indicators for the REF – HEFCE

HEFCE have published  “Analysis of data from the pilot exercise to develop bibliometric indicators for the REF – The effect of using normalised citation scores for particular staff characteristics”

The report analyses the data from the pilot exercise to develop bibliometric indicators for the REF. It analyses the effect of using bibliometrics  (citation scores) in the REF upon  certain types of research staff. For example, early career researchers will be less likely to have many citations. It also looks at age and sex, gender, ethnicity, disability of researchers as well as those who are part-time staff.

The report recommends:

 If citation data are used then the four UK higher education funding bodies will need to ensure that institutions planning to make submissions to the REF are aware of the results of this analysis so that they can take them into account when selecting staff for inclusion. Further, panels will also need to account for the differences found and will require guidance as part of their equality briefing.

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