Those of you interested in the preparations for the REF (which with my LRA hat on I’ve been somewhat involved in here at Leicester) will probably be interested in the following publications from HEFCE website
- Publication of discussions from the ProVCs for Research March workshop
- Presentation: the issues and challenges for discussion by David Sweeney, Director of Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCE
The second of these makes for an easier read, though those of you very interested in the REF will find a lot of information in the ProVCs workshop papers. I must confess most of that paper covers areas that I’ve got very little interaction with, interesting though the insights into the thought processes at that level might be.
David Sweeney’s presentation though gives a rather thorough examination of why we need the REF (or something like it) stemming from the lessons from the RAE 2008, from the funders’ point of view. And if the funders think it is important, then those of us in HE need to think about it a lot as well.
From what I’ve seen so far – it’s either going to be very, very complex in gathering the data, esteem factors etc and take a lot of staff time to support. Or it’s going to end up being quite easy for most people, but a fair amount of work for a very few administrators. Role on the June workshop at Kings to tell us more!