Rating exercise assessed

Journal name:
Nature
Volume:
502,
Page:
399
Date published:
DOI:
doi:10.1038/nj7471-399d
Published online

UK academics say research-evaluating system detracts from their work.

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents think that the UK system for assessing research harms working conditions and career development, and creates unreasonable expectations, finds a poll. The survey, by the University and College Union (UCU) in London, received responses from 7,000 academics. More than half say that the Research Excellence Framework, which will inform funding allocations for 2015–16, should be changed. The UCU seeks to reduce paperwork and cut the number of research products required for a positive evaluation, says Stefano Fella, the report's author.

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