Lord Stern recognised ‘that a substantial reinvention of the REF would increase uncertainty, workload and burden,’ and has set out clear principles and directions for reform, building on the strengths of previous research assessment. These include recommendations relating to:
HEFCE will now work with the other three UK higher education funding bodies to develop proposals on how to implement Lord Stern’s recommendations in the next REF.
We expect to launch a consultation with the sector on these proposals in November 2016. Further engagement with the sector, including consultation events, will be undertaken during the consultation period.
In light of the forthcoming REF consultation and current burden on the sector, HEFCE no longer intends to consult on the quality-related research funding methodology at this time.