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Consultation opens on RAE 2008 draft criteria and working methods

16 July 2005

Everyone with an interest in the outcomes of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) now has an opportunity to comment on the draft criteria and working methods of the assessment panels.

Draft statements of the criteria and working methods for each of the 15 main panels and 67 sub-panels have been published today (16 July) for consultation on the RAE web-site. Responses are due by 19 September.

Ed Hughes, RAE Manager, said:

"Main and sub-panels have been meeting over the first few months of the year to establish their draft criteria and working methods. These have been developed to ensure appropriate measures of excellence are adopted which are wide enough to capture all types of research – including practice-based, applied, basic/strategic, and interdisciplinary research. Panels have also been considering how to assess the sustainability and vitality of the research submitted, including the contributions to research excellence made by less experienced researchers alongside those of more experienced colleagues."

Sir Howard Newby, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:

"The draft criteria statements are a clear indication that the RAE panels have responded positively to ensure applied and practice-based research is assessed fairly and appropriately. We will continue to work closely with the panels to ensure that all the key reforms for the 2008 RAE are fully implemented."

The consultation is structured to seek views about the extent to which the panels and sub-panels have addressed the key reforms for RAE 2008. In particular, it asks for comments on the extent to which consistency has been achieved between main and sub-panels, the weightings of the different components of the quality profile, the ways in which the panels will assess applied and practice-based research, and the panels’ consideration of the vitality and sustainability of research in their respective disciplines.

The UK funding bodies welcome responses from all interested parties, including subject associations, professional bodies, universities and colleges and other interested parties. The outcomes of the consultation will be considered by the main and sub-panels in the autumn, and the final criteria statements will be published in early 2006. Alongside the recently published ‘Guidance on submissions’ (RAE 03/2005), the final critieria and working methods will provide institutions with the information needed to prepare their submissions by 30 November 2007.

Notes

1.   The Research Assessment Exercise is sponsored by the four UK funding bodies for higher education: the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland. It is managed by a team based at HEFCE.

2.   Full details of the consultation on the panels’ draft criteria and working methods can be found in RAE 04/2005, on the web at www.rae.ac.uk under Publications.

3.   For further information please contact Ed Hughes, RAE Manager, 0117 931 7265 or Rama Thirunamachandran, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, 020 7420 2201, or Philip Walker, Press Office, tel 0117 931 7363.