This survey forms part of a project exploring the benefits and challenges of expanding the UK’s research assessment system, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), on an international basis. At the broadest level, this means an extension of the assessment to incorporate submissions from universities overseas.
This follows an invitation earlier this year from the then Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, for HEFCE to provide an opinion on the feasibility of an international REF. The project belongs in a wider context of international interest in the exercise, on which HEFCE frequently provides information and advice to higher education policymakers and university senior management from overseas.
The THE ran a story about this in April 2014: HEFCE looks at overseas links for research excellence
Responses are invited from any organisation or individual with an interest in higher education research or its assessment. The survey will be open until Wednesday 12 November 2014.
The survey only has four questions –
1. What do you think the key benefits would be of expanding the REF internationally?
2. What do you think the key challenges would be in expanding the REF internationally?
3. In view of the potential benefits and challenges overall, how supportive would you be of further work to explore the issues in more depth?
4. Have you got any further comments relating to internationalisation of REF?
To complete the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/refinternationalisation