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Stern review to consider definition and reporting of impact

The Stern review of the Research Excellence Framework will look at ways to restrict gaming, different use of metrics and how to define and report impact.

The terms of reference of the REF review, which is being led by British Academy president Nicholas Stern, were published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the night of 27 January.

The document sets out the questions his team will ask when considering changes to the existing process, with the aim of making future exercises more efficient and accurate.

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