Apocalyptic visions

June 6, 2003

It is good that Sir Gareth Roberts' research quality assessment is designed to take the element of gambling out of submissions. But it seems inevitable that some departments will lose research money because they submit one person too many.

Unless the funding councils believe that gambling is better for the poor than for the rich, they should publicise the measures the assessment will use and the threshold scores required well in advance.

Richard Green
University of Hull

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