review of UK research assessment by Sir Gareth
Roberts is 'good news,' on the whole, for
research-led universities such as Leeds, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
for research John Fisher told Senate.
it's 'absolutely critical' that researchers
study these proposals in detail and take part
in the campus-wide debate formulating our
official response, he added. The most important
change is a new system of 'quality profiles,'
grading the work and output of individual
researchers as one, two or three star; equivalent
to the top half of 'national' in RAE 2001;
the bottom half of international and the top
half of international, respectively. This
will produce a 'quality profile' rather than
a discrete grade for each unit of assessment.
Assessment will continue to be judged by peers
and experts; the expected census date is January
2007 for a six-year cycle.
full details, see campusweb news at www.campus.leeds.ac.uk/news/item1149.htm
consultation on the Roberts Review of Research
Assessment is now also available.