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Discussion piece by the CDBU Steering Group Results from the research excellence framework (REF) were publicly announced on 18th December, followed by a spate of triumphalist messages from University PR departments. Deeper analysis followed, both in the pages of the Times Higher Education, and in the media and on blogs. CDBU has from the outset...
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Opinion piece by Dorothy Bishop* As Fergus Millar noted in a letter to the Times last year, ‘in the modern British university, it is not that funding is sought in order to carry out research, but that research projects are formulated in order to get funding.’ This topsy-turvy logic has become evident in some universities, with...
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Opinion Piece by Derek Sayer*  At the behest of universities minister David Willetts, HEFCE established an Independent review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment in April 2014 chaired by James Wilsden. This followed consultations in 2008-9 that played a decisive role in persuading the government to back down on previous plans to replace...
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For the research excellence framework, academics now have to think hard about the effect of their work outside academia, says Jonathan Wolff, professor of philosophy at UCL.  Not long left now. Just a few more weeks and someone in each university around the country will press the button and that will be that. No more tinkering,...
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Professor Sir Fergus Millar’s letter to the editor of the Times. ‘I am not Joking when I say that a physics lecturer called Einstein, who Just thought about the Universe, would risk being sacked because he brought in no grants.’ Times, The (London, England) – Saturday, October 26, 2013 Sir, The Minister for the Universities, David...
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by Dave Fernig (University of Liverpool) The triennial review of the UK research councils has resulted in an excellent and challenging response, submitted by the Council for the Defence of British Universities (download document here). One important aspect of this document is that it highlights the shift in the tension between funding of near-term and blue skies...
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BY Philip Moriarty (University of Nottingham) Today’s Times Higher Education leads with a cover story on the formation, motivations, and objectives of the CDBU. Two articles by Sir Keith Thomas and Lord Martin Rees  – founding members of the CDBU, and past presidents respectively of the British Academy and Royal Society – lay out, in a stirring call...
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