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Plans to introduce a peer-review evaluation system for Swedish universities have been poorly received, reports Eloise Johnston.

In recent years, the Swedish government has been considering how to improve what it has called an ailing research base at the country’s universities. Its latest suggestion comes in the form of FOKUS, a peer-review evaluation system proposed by the Swedish research council Vetenskapsrådet in December 2014, after a government request for a system to improve national research quality.

A consultation on the proposal closed on 11 January, receiving a total of 83 responses. These indicate that staff unions and universities will strongly oppose the initiative if the government goes ahead with introducing FOKUS as part of its 2017 research bill.

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