Goodbye to blue skies research?

“Original and high-level thinking often leads to real innovation. And it may indeed lead to ‘benefits to the economy, society, public policy, culture and quality of life’ – sometimes astonishingly so. But such thinking can only begin without the requirement of knowing, from the start, what its result will be. Yet this is one of the criteria demanded by the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) …” (more)

[Francis O’Gorman, Guardian, 19 December]

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