Research Excellence Framework
The Royal Society of Edinburgh has submitted an Advice Paper to help inform Lord Stern's review of the Research Excellence Framework.
The paper, which was produced and submitted jointly with the Learned Society of Wales, notes that REF2014 was an improvement over the previous RAE2008 process. However, the RSE and LSW highlight issues surrounding the introduction of 'environment' as an index for assessment and express concern over the reduction in the number of Units of Assessment.
The paper also suggests action that could be taken to encourage more interdisciplinary research and greater collaboration between universities and private, or public, bodies.
The full response can be found here.