Change rules to end game-play 4

September 29, 2006

If the research assessment exercise officers wished to minimise game-playing they would have adopted the suggestion of the Roberts report and insisted that departments submit all their staff. The current rules will lead to many able and hard-working staff being excluded, as there is no penalty for highly selective submissions.

But it is not too late to avoid this. I would ask that panel chairs state that where selective submissions are made they will be heavily penalised in the research environment and research esteem ratings.

John Mingers
Kent Business School

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