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20 December 2007
Years of hard work and planning have culminated in the University’s submission for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
The submission reflects the excellence of research conducted across the University.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) provides a detailed profile of research activity in universities in the UK, and the outcomes of the 2008 exercise will influence research funding from the Higher Education funding bodies from 2009-10. The RAE outcomes are also widely recognised as an indicator of research quality, influencing student choice and funding decisions by a variety of organisations.
The Exercise requires the submission of information on research outputs and the esteem of individuals, student and income data, and details of Cardiff’s research environment.
Schools have prepared submissions to discipline-specific Units of Assessment – an effort involving heads of school, research directors and administrators, as well as many of the academic staff. The University’s Planning Division has co-ordinated this task, with support from Research and Commercial Development Division, Human Resources and Academic Registry. The Information Services Directorate has managed the huge amount of electronic information involved.
The final University return incorporated 34 Unit of Assessment submissions. The exercise has been overseen by the University’s RAE Sub-Group of Research Committee, under the chairmanship of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Peter Blood, and supported by Kath Hoose and Julia Hallett in Planning Division.
Assessment of all the returns by peer review panels will take a year, with the results due to be announced in December 2008.
Professor Blood said: "I would like to thank academic staff for continued progress in both the quantity and quality of research across the full academic spectrum at Cardiff. This is the essential basis for the RAE submission and an enormous number of people across the University’s schools and directorates have devoted a lot of time and hard work to the preparation of the documentation."
While the submission process is now complete, there will be no respite for many University staff. More than 30 University academics sit on assessment panels in their specialist fields and shortly will have to begin work appraising submissions by other institutions. Attention in Schools, the Planning Division and Information Services turns to the collection of books and journal articles for use by the panels over the next year, and the University’s Research Committee starts to consider the University’s response to major proposed changes to the research assessment system from 2009.
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