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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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The quality and diverse impacts of scientific and scholarly research are commonly assessed using a combination of peer review and a variety of quantitative metrics.

The review of metrics will explore the current use of metrics for research assessment, consider their robustness across different disciplines, and assess their potential contribution to the development of research excellence and impact.

The steering group wishes to draw on evidence and views on the role of metrics in research assessment from a wide range of sources across the sector. These could include written summaries or existing published research.

The call will remain open until noon on Monday 30 June. Any person or organisation with an interest in the role of metrics in research assessment is invited to respond by this deadline.

More about the review and the call for evidence