Boycott the next REF

A new Facebook group for those who have had enough…

This is a group for academics who are interested in organising a multidisciplinary, cross-institutional boycott of the next Research Excellence Framework exercise, which is likely to take place in 2019 or 2020. Members of this group believe that, whatever laudable aims the REF and its predecessor the RAE were intended to serve, they have repeatedly failed to take account of the diversity of forms taken by academic research in the modern university. The effects of the system have been highly demoralizing and divisive and have distorted academic priorities to such an extent that they ought no longer to be tolerated by members of the academy. The ‘rules of the game’ in these waves of assessment have frequently been either obscure or vacuous, and new elements (such as ‘impact’), added to the assessment criteria at short notice, have only made the bankruptcy of those criteria more obvious. It is time to call a halt to the REF with the 2013 exercise.

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