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RCUK Framework for the Future : Excellence with Impact

On the 20th October, the RCUK launched its Framework document. It aims to show how publicly funded research enables the UK to have a “productive economy, healthy society and contribute to a sustainable world”. The basis of the framework rests upon these “three mutually supportive areas”. The document can be downloaded from the website and there are also links to case studies and an interview with Professor Alan J Thorpe, Chair of RCUK.

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HEPI response to REF proposals

On the 15th October, HEPI (Higher Education Policy Institute) published their response to the HEFCE proposals for the Research Excellence Framework. On the whole, HEPI is supportive of the proposals but is critical of plans to assess the impact of research. The introduction of impact assessment – i.e. non-academic impact – is something new and experimental. HEFCE are proposing 25% of the assessment score should be given to “impact”. The HEPI response views this as rather high given the experimental nature of the “impact assessment” element.
The report is available to download.

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Making sense of research funding in the UK – RIN

RIN (Research Information Network) have produced a handy fact sheet on research funding in the UK. It covers the dual funding system, full economic costing, and the changes to the reforms of the research assessment system. Available from RIN website.

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