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2001 Research Assessment Exercise

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19 October 1998

 

Dear Colleague

2001 Research Assessment Exercise: Nomination of Panel Members

On behalf of the Higher Education Funding Councils for England, Scotland and Wales, and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, I write to invite subject associations, learned societies, professional organisations, relevant industrial and business organisations and other interested bodies to make nominations for membership of assessment panels for the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

The primary purpose of the 2001 RAE is, through peer review, to produce judgements of the quality of research undertaken in higher education institutions in the United Kingdom. These judgements will be used by the Funding Bodies listed above to allocate their research grants. The 2001 RAE will be the fifth such exercise.

The funding bodies are seeking information on two levels:

  1. The possible structure of assessment panels the key fields of research that should be covered by a panel's membership and other more specialist areas of research which, while not justifying full representation on panels, might require the appointment of specialist assessors to advise panels.
  2. The names of any recommended individuals (with order of preference identified) for each key field of research and specialist area of research to be assessed by each panel. Pre-eminence in research, or the demonstrated ability to make judgements about research quality, are the criteria for appointment to assessment panels. Membership will thus not be limited to those working in higher education institutions; we encourage the nomination of appropriate members with a professional background, from industry or from other organisations that use research. In making their nominations organisations should bear in mind the need to ensure equal opportunities.

Circular 1/98, which sets out the framework of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, is available from the Funding Councils to support the nomination process either in hard copy on application to the joint RAE team at the address below or by downloading from the Funding Bodies' web-site at http://www.niss.ac.uk/education/hefc/rae/

Assessment panels will be appointed over the latter part of 1998 and early 1999. We expect assessment panels to meet during the spring and the summer of 1999 in order to consult their subject communities and agree their assessment criteria; the criteria will then be published by the funding bodies in the autumn of 1999.

As the funding bodies are expecting a large number of organisations to make nominations, it is important that the enclosed forms are used to supply information. This will assist considerably in the processing of recommendations. It is hoped that nominating bodies will endeavour to incorporate all relevant information on the forms and only exceptionally provide additional details in covering letters.

Nominating bodies are encouraged to consult with similar bodies representative of their field of research or interests in order to achieve a degree of commonality of nominations.

Completed forms and supporting materials should be sent to:

Joint RAE Team
Northavon House
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QD
(email j.rogers@hefce.ac.uk)

by 11th December 1998

Enquiries concerning the nomination of panel members should be directed to Dr John Rogers of the joint RAE team (telephone 0117 931 7317; email j.rogers@hefce.ac.uk)

Yours sincerely

Brian Fender CMG


Structure of Assessment Panel

Nominating organisations are asked to comment on all panels in which they have an interest. A separate form should be used for each panel.

This form may be completed by hand or using a word processor (it can be downloaded in Word or RTF formats) and "Word" versions may be submitted electronically to the joint RAE team manager, Dr John Rogers; email j.rogers@hefce.ac.uk). Please ensure that self-designed versions are consistent with this example in terms of format/headings.

Name of nominating body

Contact name

Tel no

Postal Address

Email address

Name of panel

(Please see the attached list of 1996 panels which is the starting point for identifying the areas in respect of which individuals should be nominated).

Please list below the key subject areas to be covered by panel membership. Typically assessment panels will be composed of up to 15 members who will have sufficient expertise to cover the major fields of research returned to a unit of assessment. Nominating bodies of a specialist nature, and those which cover a broad spectrum of research, may not find it appropriate to identify a complete panel structure. They may, however, wish to highlight that certain subjects of research should be covered by the panel's membership.

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Please list below specialist subject areas not justifying full representation on the panel, but on which assessment panels may need to take external advice:

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Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary.


Nominations for Panel Membership

A single form should be used for each nomination.

This form may be completed by hand or using a word processor (it can be downloaded in Word or RTF formats) and "Word" versions may be submitted electronically to the joint RAE team manager, Dr John Rogers (email j.rogers@hefce.ac.uk). Please ensure that self-designed versions are consistent with this example in terms of format/headings.

Name of nominating body

Contact name

Tel no

Postal Address

Email address

Full name and title of nominee

Panel nominated for

Name of institution, or company at which nominee can be contacted .
(and address if not based at an HEI)


Email address of nominee (if available)

Please list nominee's area(s) of expertise below. These should relate to either the key subject areas or the specialist subject areas listed on the "Structure of Assessment Panels" form.

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If you have provided more than one nominee for the area(s) listed above please state your preference for this candidate relative to others.

 

 

 

Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

Please detail below the reasons for nomination. This should include demonstrating that the nominee is pre-eminent in research or has in some other way demonstrated the ability to make judgements about research quality. Information could include: appointments held (academic and/or professional), brief resume of research record (work undertaken, key publications/other output, conference presentations), awards granted, or some other form of participation in a research evaluation process.

 

 

Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary.


List of 1996 Units of Assessment

1.Clinical Laboratory Sciences
2.Community-Based Clinical Subjects
3.Hospital-Based Clinical Subjects
4.Clinical Dentistry
5.Pre-Clinical Studies
6.Anatomy
7.Physiology
8.Pharmacology
9.Pharmacy
10.Nursing (including midwifery and health visiting)
11.Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine (including biomedical sciences, nutrition, optometry, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, physiotherapy, health promotion and other professions allied to medicine).
12.Biochemistry
13.Psychology
14.Biological Sciences
15.Agriculture
16.Food and Science Technology
17.Veterinary Science
18.Chemistry
19.Physics
20.Earth Sciences
21.Environmental Studies
22.Pure Mathematics
23.Applied Mathematics
24.Statistics and Operational Research
25.Computer Science
26.General Engineering
27.Chemical Engineering
28.Civil Engineering
29.Electrical and Electronic Engineering
30.Mechanical, Aeronautics and Manufacturing Engineering
31.Mineral and Mining Engineering
32.Metallurgy and Materials
33.Built Environment
34.Town and Country Planning
35.Geography
36.Law
37.Anthropology
38.Economics and Econometrics
39.Politics and International Studies
40.Social Policy and Administration
41.Social Work
42.Sociology
43.Business and Management Studies
44.Accountancy
45.American Studies
46.Middle Eastern and African Studies
47.Asian Studies
48.European Studies
49.Celtic Studies
50.English Language and Literature
51.French
52.German, Dutch and Scandinavian languages
53.Italian
54.Russian, Slavonic, and East European languages
55.Spanish
56.Linguistics
57.Classics and Ancient History
58.Archaeology
59.History
60.History of Art, Architecture and Design
61.Library and Information Management
62.Philosophy
63.Theology
64.Art and Design
65.Communication and Media Studies
66.Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
67.Music
68.Education
69.Sports Related Subjects



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