Equality Mis-steps in the Stern Review and the Proposals for the Second Research Excellence Framework

James Hand

Abstract


Periodic assessment of UK Higher Education Institutions’ research through the Research Assessment Exercises have included consideration of equality in their operation. The successor Research Excellence Framework (REF) strengthened measures to promote equality and diversity. The Stern review of REF 2014 and subsequent proposals by the funding bodies recognise the need to promote equality and yet some of those proposals may act to increase the scope for inequality.


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