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TEF results – How do REF and TEF results compare?

Which universities managed to excel at both the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Research Excellence Framework? David Morris revisits the theme of his first ever Wonkhe blog with a cool visualisation of the available data.

Making staff selection work in REF 2021

Institutional ‘significance tests’ for REF staff selection may be the solution the thorny issues presented by the Stern Review. Tom Frostick explains how it could work.

Time for a Stern, hard look at the REF

As Lord Stern is tasked with reviewing the REF, James Wilsdon sets the context for the review – where it came from, what it needs to look at, and why the review brings an opportunity to reframe the research debate.

BIS, metrics and non-selective QR allocation

Following a government tender that appears to look at research metrics, Martin Eve asks what the government is up to and whether this latest move could herald a metrics-based policy shift.

TEF, REF and lessons from history

Looking back to the origins of the REF, Tom Bailey ponders the coming TEF and asks whether what may start out as a light-touch regime could one day follow the history of the REF and the gain complexity and burden for which its cousin in measuring research excellence is often criticised for.

Dimensions of quality research

Does high performance on an academic scale co-occur with high performance in terms of societal impact? Steven Hill looks at dimensions of measuring quality in research.

REF results marred by fears over grade inflation

As the 2014 REF is published, widespread concerns are expressed in the sector that a level of grade inflation has artificially skewed the overall results. This has led to fears, from lots of different corners of the sector, over the for the future of the exercise itself and the funding that underpins it. John O’Leary brings together the sector and funder reactions to the 2014 REF results.

Enjoy your REF, while you can

This week the results of the latest cycle of research audit in UK universities will be published. This will trigger a frenzy of analysis as the bones of REF 2014 are picked over with a view to identifying winners and losers, risers and fallers, and what if anything it might mean for the future. Martin McQuillan looks at how research funding has been treated by this Government and what future for the process is there in a time of increasing austerity.

Time for research (Updated)

Next week, we are expecting the government to launch their long-awaited Innovation & Research strategy. Still suffering whiplash from the HE White Paper, there are those in the sector feeling nervous about what might be coming. But do they need to be?