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September 27, 2011

Recognition for your research

Writing about web page http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/ResearchOutcomesProject.aspx

Researchers are increasingly expected to be able to demonstrate their worth, and to have their research measured. There are different parties interested in measuring research, and the emphasis of each seems to vary:

  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) excercise which determines UK government funding via HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England)
  • University management who want their departments to score well in the REF, but also to ensure that they are getting the best out of their staff (or the best staff!) and possibly also that the University scores well in published rankings.
  • The Research Councils UK: these guys are mandating open access publishing and good data management practice, and they are looking for how research will have impact. Their "Research Outcomes Project" lists the following types of outcomes that institutions are to report on:


· Publications
· Other Research Outputs
· Collaboration
· Communication
· Exploitation
· Recognition
· Staff Development
· Further Funding
· Impact

This list certainly gives food for thought about how research generates such outcomes.

It is also notable that it is the institution which is to report on such outcomes and reporting is not entirely down to the Principal Investigator.


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