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Issue 491, 16 June 2003
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Research assessment debate 'vital'


The 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.

But 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.

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The University consultation on the Roberts Review of Research Assessment is now also available.


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