The UK Research Assessment Exercise

Ben Martin and Richard Whitley

in Reconfiguring Knowledge Production

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590193
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723445 | DOI:
The UK Research Assessment Exercise

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The UK was one of the first countries both to institutionalize university research assessment and to link it to financial allocations. Consequently, the effects on authority relations there are likely to be more profound than in many other European states. This chapter first looks at the historical background to the introduction of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and then examines the evolution of the RAE as carried out on successive occasions. It analyses its impact on authority relations — in particular those relating to the Funding Councils and the government, to users, disciplinary elites, universities and university departments, and individual researchers. The final section summarizes the conclusions emerging from this analysis.

Keywords: university research assessment; funding; government authority; UK Research Assessment Exercise

Chapter.  12242 words. 

Subjects: Public Management and Administration

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