Research assessment

Today is December 18th, and the UK Research Assessment Exercise results are published. The RAE website is here, and the full results cane be read or downloaded here. I have had a rather cursory glance at these, and there appear to be some surprising results, with some older universities doing less well than expected. The Northern Ireland universities, as far as I can see, have at least in some subjects fared well. I shall try to present a more informed view of the results when I have studied them more closely.

The results are being presented somewhat differently from before, and it is now possible to see in much more detail how units have performed within their subject areas, and in particular what the distribution of staff performance is within specific subject areas.

The debate will now begin again, I imagine, as to how useful this whole exercise is, and the extent to which it does actually promote quality. Here in DCU, we have over the past year or so conducted our own research assessment, and we expect to give some results from that before long. I expect that, at some point, there will be a sector-wide exercise of this nature in Ireland; and when that happens, assuming it does, I hope we avoid some of the mistakes which, in my opinion, were made in the UK.

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