Research Excellence Framework

predatory journals

Universities, funders, rankers and individual academics all need to act to stamp out predatory publishers, says Roger Watson

Jon Krause illustration

The publication game that researchers are obliged to play has stripped the purpose out of social research. Time to change the rules, says Yiannis Gabriel

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Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Sharing credit

Both universities could gain credit when an academic moves, under plans

Working with a laptop on the beach

The pressure of producing high-quality research publications spoils the long vacation for many academics, says Rachel Moss


Does the UK have the best structures in place to fund data-driven research? asks Steven Hill

Romeo and Juliet

Should we be talking about Ofcoll and the ‘degree experience framework’? Diana Beech thinks so


Emily Van Duyne on why she missed graduation despite being passionately committed to her students


Research excellence framework maintains discrimination in academy, says thesis

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (13 April 2017)

It's not just about papers. Running a university in Papua New Guinea has cast academic impact in a more exotic light for John Warren

missing the outside of car

Findings from the German Excellence Initiative raise questions over impact of TEF

Man doing limbo under ties

‘Push-back’ against proposal to use contractual status to identify research-active academics

research, library, researcher

Discussion of research excellence framework reform has overlooked the role of research itself, argues Kevin Hetherington

players move goal

Economist says universities will simply ‘play different types of games’ after Stern review

Woman standing behind men on coaches

Game-playing, ‘spurious precision’ of league tables and heavy workloads also highlighted by insiders from 2014 audit

Laurel and Hardy sawing a plank of wood

Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

large and small shadows

Researchers on large-scale projects would receive less credit under proposed scheme

 Man Shrugging his Shoulders

Stern Review steering group member says unclear whether assessment still drives up quality

Facade of Sorbonne in Paris

Thousands of France’s most educated minds are now based abroad – luring them back could be a boon for its ambitious plans for higher education, Jack Grove writes

Cambridge University students on the River Cam. Punt is sinking

Proportion of Royal Society scientists associated with Oxbridge is lower than expected, researcher says