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Mouth off at the REF

Time to have your say on the future of nationwide research assessment

The Referee’s Alphabet, by sardonic Birkenhead songsters Half Man Half Biscuit, begins: “A is for my authority, which many players seem to question; B is for babies, which a lot of managers cry like after a decision has not gone their way; C is for the continual criticism I receive from the touchline…” We hope the lyrics are pinned on the wall at the funding councils as they launch a consultation on the design of the next Research Excellence Framework.

The results of REF 2021 are not due out until May, but the ball is already rolling on what the next REF will look like. The heavy assumption at the four funding councils of the UK is that there will be one.

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