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RAE 2008: Equality briefing for panel chairs, members and secretaries

January 2005

Ref RAE 02/2005

To: RAE main and sub-panel chairs and members and RAE panel secretaries
Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions
Heads of HEFCW-funded higher education institutions
Heads of SHEFC-funded higher education institutions
Heads of universities in Northern Ireland
Of interest to those responsible for: Research assessment, Research policy, Human resources, Planning
Reference: RAE 02/2005
Publication date: January 2005
Enquiries to Davina Madden or Josie Linton
tel 0117 931 7267
e-mail info@rae.ac.uk

Executive summary

Purpose

1.    This document provides a briefing on equal opportunities issues for main and sub-panel chairs and members and panel secretaries in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Key points

2.    The RAE team based at HEFCE has commissioned this briefing from the Equality Challenge Unit. The briefing alerts panel chairs, members and secretaries to the scope and implications of equalities legislation for the nextRAE in 2008.

3.    Through this briefing and through its 'Guidance to panels' (RAE 01/2005), the RAE team will guide main and sub-panels to develop working methods and assessment criteria that encourage higher education institutions (HEIs) to submit the work of all of their excellent researchers in the 2008 RAE, including those whose volume of research output may have been limited for reasons covered by equal opportunities legislation. Main and sub-panel chairs will be personally briefed on the content of this document before they meet to draft working methods and criteria for the 2008 RAE. We will deliver an update of it to main and sub-panel chairs before the assessment phase of the RAE in 2008.

4.    We will encourage HEIs to submit in the 2008 RAE the work of all their excellent researchers, including those whose volume of research output has been limited for reasons covered by equal opportunities guidelines. To comply with equal opportunities monitoring legislation, we will require HEIs to confirm that they have developed, adopted and documented an appropriate internal code of practice in preparing submissions and selecting staff for inclusion in RAE submissions. Further details on this will be published in 'Guidance on submissions' in summer 2005.

Action required

5.    No action is required of HEIs at this stage. This document is aimed at RAE panel chairs, members and secretaries. Specific guidance for institutions on the RAE will be published in summer 2005; this will include information about the code of practice that we will require HEIs to develop and adopt in preparing RAE submissions and selecting staff for inclusion.