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RAE- the future

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 December 2013 20:49
Published on Friday, 08 December 2006 00:00
The outcome of the Government's recent consultation on a new assessment process to replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) after 2008 has been published. The RAE will be succeeded by a framework which, for all subjects,uses a set of indicators based on research income, postgraduate numbers, and a quality indicator. For subjects in science, engineering, technology and medicine (SET) the quality indicator will be a bibliometric statistic relating to research publications or citations. For other subjects, the quality indicator will continue to involve a lighter touch expert review of research outputs, with a substantial reduction in the administrative burden. Experts will also be involved in advising on the weighting of the indicators for all subjects.
The first assessment exercise for SET subjects will be in 2009, and will begin to inform funding in the 2010/11 academic year. 

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The position of the RAS is that, while much greater use can be made of metrics (publication rates, citation scores, grant income, PhD student statistics, numbers of fellowships and awards), and while the amount of material required to be submitted could be greatly reduced, in order to  arrive at a judgement from these statistics it is necessary to retain an element of expert,  peer, review.

The RAS submission can be read here