Scholarship is multi-faceted, but the RAE is blind to its richness

UK“Within hours of reading Times Higher Education‘s report on the financial consequences of the research assessment exercise for 2009-10, vice-chancellors across the land had emailed their faculty, congratulating them on how well they had done in the funding allocation process. University marketing teams rushed to pluck ‘evidence’ from the results to refresh claims made about the research quality of their scholars, and deans and heads of department polished their soundbites. These remarks may seem a little tetchy when I reveal that my institution, the University of the West of England, did extremely well in this academic beauty contest. The amount of research funding flowing to us will increase by 121 per cent next year – one of the highest percentage increases of any university in England …” (more)

[Robin Hambleton, Times Higher Education, 19 March]

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