Governance of higher education in Britain: the significance of the research assessment exercises for the funding council model


Tapper, Ted and Salter, Brian (2004) Governance of higher education in Britain: the significance of the research assessment exercises for the funding council model. Higher Education Quarterly, 58, (1), 4-30. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2273.2004.00257.x).

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This article uses the political struggles that have enveloped the research assessment exercises (RAEs) to interpret the UK’s current funding council model of governance. Ironically, the apparently widespread improvement in the research performance of British universities, as demonstrated by RAE 2001, has made it more difficult to distribute research income selectively, which was supposedly the central objective of the whole evaluative process.Whilst enhanced research ratings may be seen as a cause for celebration in the universities, the failure to anticipate this outcome and, more significantly, to plan for its financial implications is seen in political circles as a failure of higher education management. The article explores the alternative models of governance that are likely to emerge as a consequence of this crisis and, in particular, whether the funding councils can have much freedom of action, given the tighter political control of policy goals and their critical dependence upon the academic profession for the conduct of the evaluative process.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0951-5224 (print)
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Keywords: rae, governance, funding
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 47614
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:31
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47614

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