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Special report: Future of UK research assessment


An in-depth look at the review of the Research Excellence Framework from Research Professional News

The UK’s mechanism for assessing research quality, the Research Excellence Framework, performs a vital function in the country’s research ecosystem. It is also one of its most oft-maligned initiatives.

The REF’s outcomes are used to distribute about £2 billion a year in public funding to universities and research institutes: a steady stream of income which underpins researcher salaries and internal competitions, as well plugging gaps between grant funding and the full cost of research.

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