Ranking the outcomes from the assessment of research in the UK

Kelly, Anthony (2012) Ranking the outcomes from the assessment of research in the UK. International Journal of Management in Education, 16, (1/2), 74-87. (doi:10.1504/IJMIE.2012.044002).


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The Research Excellence Framework (REF), previously the ‘RAE’, is an assessment undertaken on behalf of the UK government to gauge the quality of research in universities. It is a public display of reputation that carries with it considerable risk in terms of losing face and funding. The 2008 RAE focused on three categories of research output quantified on a common scale and ranked by the national media (and internally by universities) using an arbitrary weighting system. Using data from ‘Education’ as an example, this paper develops an alternative ‘justified’ weighting system for possible use in the forthcoming (2014) REF

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1504/IJMIE.2012.044002
ISSNs: 1750-385X (print)
1750-3868 (electronic)
Keywords: university rankings; justified weighting system for research assessment; REF; research excellence framework; RAE; research assessment exercise.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness (LSIE)
ePrint ID: 172277
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 15:32
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:32
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/172277

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