Action Research and the Research Assessment Exercise 2008
The Higher Education Funding Council released details of its criteria for this exercise on 31 January 2006. Pressed by my host university's (Anglia Ruskin University) interest in the nature of Ultralab, I reviewed the papers published by HEFCE.
In the accompanying press release, Sir Howard Newby, HEFCE Chief Executive, said:
  1. "This is a significant milestone in the progress towards RAE 2008. It is important that institutions consider the final criteria carefully when preparing their submissions. The criteria address a number of policy areas which are important to the funding bodies - for example, their commitment to equal opportunities; the full and fair assessment of applied research, practice-based research and interdisciplinary research; and the sustainability and vitality of the research base through the support of early career researchers. The panels' criteria balance the diversity of research in the sector with some important principles which underpin the assessment of research quality in HEIs."
Further statements in the report suggest that the kind of work Ultralab does could figure well in this exercise and gives me heart to make a submission, despite so far not being included by Anglia Ruskin.
Ricardo’s Blagado
Tuesday, 14 March 2006