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RA Review update
At its meeting on 17 December the RA review steering group discussed two models of research assessment.
Model 1 is a subject based expert review model. It can be understood as a radical redesign of the RAE. The principal differences between the proposed model and the existing process are as follows:
Model 2 is an institution-based partially metricated assessment model. This would abolish units of assessment, departing completely from the disciplinary basis of the existing RAE. Under model 2 an institution’s research would be assessed using two separate processes:
The review team is now examining each of these models. In addition it is working on a model which combines elements of both.
This ‘model 3’ would consist of three distinct strands:
Less research intensive institutions might be encouraged to submit only a selection of units for full quality assessment. They would also have the option of making a single submission covering their research activity.
It is inevitable that, in the course of developing these models, the thinking of the steering group and the review team will continue to evolve. This update should not, therefore, be read as a preview of the group's final report.
The steering group will discuss the models further at its next meeting on 13 February.
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