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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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The quality and diverse impacts of research are commonly assessed using a combination of peer review and a variety of quantitative metrics. Peer review is the most established method of research assessment and underpins the academic system in the UK and internationally. The use of metrics is a newer approach but has developed rapidly as a potential method of measuring research quality and impact in some fields, though how best to do this is still the subject of considerable debate.

The workshop had the following objectives:

  1. Offering a clear overview of the progress to date in the development of metrics of relevance to arts and humanities to date and persisting challenges.
  2. Exploring the potential benefits and drawbacks of metrics use in research assessment and management from the perspective of disciplines within the arts and humanities.
  3. Generating evidence, insights and concrete recommendations that can inform the final report of the independent metrics review.

The workshop was attended by several members of the metrics review steering group, academics and stakeholders drawn from across the wider HE and research community.

Slides and blog posts

Research quality metrics for the arts and humanities: State of the art

Professor Mike Thelwall

Download the Thelwall as PDF (728 KB)

Professor Maria Delgado

Download the Delgado as PDF (421 KB)

Yvonne Budden

Download the Budden as PDF (852 KB)

Metrics, research assessment and HE governance

Professor Evelyn Welch

Download the Welch as PDF (416 KB)

Dr Alis Oancea

Download the Oancea as PDF (807 KB)

Metrics for impact

Dr Ernesto Priego

Read Dr Ernesto Priego's article on his blog: '#HEFCEMetrics: More on Metrics for the Arts and Humanities'

Dr Clare Donovan

Download the Donovan as PDF (288 KB)


The programme for the workshop is available to download below.

Download the HEFCE_metrics_arts_humanities_agenda as PDF (142 KB)

Confirmed speakers 

Prof. Jonathan Adams, King’s College London

Prof. Geoffrey Crossick, School of Advanced Study, AHRC Cultural Value Project and Crafts Council

Prof. Maria Delgado, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Clare Donovan, Brunel University

Dr Martin Eve, University of Lincoln and Open Library of Humanities

Prof Mark Llewellyn, Director of Research, AHRC

Dr Alis Oancea, University of Oxford

Dr Ernesto Priego, City University

Prof. Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton (member of the HEFCE review steering group)

Prof. Evelyn Welch, King’s College London


Registration for the workshop has closed.