Research Assessment Exercise 2001: bodies to nominate panel members
1. The UK higher education funding bodies1 will conduct
a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001. This document invites
comments on the bodies which should be invited to nominate members
of the assessment panels.
2. Another document (RAE 1/98), published
alongside this one, announces key decisions on the timetable and
framework for the 2001 RAE.
3. We plan to convene assessment panels by spring 1999, so that they can set and publish their criteria earlier than for the 1996 RAE. This will help institutions to plan for the exercise.
4. We would like responses by 4 September 1998. We have asked
institutions in a letter accompanying this document to name an
RAE contact for future communication with the funding bodies about
the 2001 RAE. Responses to this document should be made, through
the institution's RAE contact, using the form at Annex B.
5. The higher education funding bodies jointly published a consultation
paper in November 1997 inviting comments on a number of broad
issues concerning the future conduct of research assessment. The
consultation helped to establish the timetable and framework for
the next RAE, to be held in 2001. These have been announced in
a separate document (RAE 1/98). That document also raises a small
number of issues for further consultation.
Changes to panel membership
6. As a result of the consultation we have made a number of changes
to improve the way panels are appointed and constituted. (These
are discussed fully in paragraphs 33-23 of RAE 1/98.) For the
2001 RAE we will:
7. In adopting these changes we will
8. For the 1996 RAE, we invited almost one thousand bodies to
make nominations to panels. They included subject associations,
learned societies, professional bodies and those representing
industrial, business and other users of research and other interested
parties. Our starting point for the 2001 RAE is the list of bodies
from whom we actually received nominations. This list is at Annex A.
We intend again to invite these organisations to nominate panel
members, and seek comments on whether and how this list should
9. We would like institutions to:
10. Only bodies with a particular interest in research should
be suggested as additions to this list. Such bodies may themselves
undertake, utilise or apply, or fund research. We invite respondents
to supply details of such organisations not listed at Annex
A using the form at Annex B. We can
then invite organisations to nominate panel members for particular
research areas or RAE units of assessment. HEIs may not nominate
themselves, nor any of their constituent bodies or subsidiary
11. We will also place press advertisements inviting interested
bodies who wish to make nominations to panels to put themselves
forward. We will require these bodies to state their interest
in research against the criteria in paragraph 10.
12. Circular RAE 1/98 outlines our plans to ensure that the RAE
makes the most effective use of the expertise of users of research,
and to ensure appropriate international input into the assessment
13. Please respond through your institution's RAE contact. Forms should be returned by 4 September 1998 to David Pilsbury at the RAE team based at HEFCE, Northavon House, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD.
1 The Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.
Annex A - List of subject associations, learned societies, professional bodies and those representing industrial, business and other users of research and other interested parties
Annex B - Response Form