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‘No plans’ for REF reform despite promises to reduce bureaucracy

Government pledge to cut red tape for researchers does not include reforms to assessment exercise

A government promise to cut the red tape surrounding scientific research has ignited debate among the research community—but any hopes of the Research Excellence Framework being scrapped are pure fantasy, a government spokesperson has confirmed.

The Conservative Party’s election manifesto included a pledge to “reform the science funding system to cut the time wasted by scientists filling in forms”, prompting discussion among researchers about what this could mean in practice.

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