Consultation response: Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework

24 March 2016

The Royal Society has submitted evidence to the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework. The Society's response highlights that:

  • A research landscape based on excellence in science, collaboration, diversity, openness and agility will help excellent researchers make a full contribution to the UK’s culture, society and economy
  • The dual support system is crucial
  • The REF should be designed around it's primary purpose, the allocation of QR funding, with consideration for the culture it can create
  • The Society recommends a more institutionally-focussed system where institutions submit outputs to be assessed by discipline-specific panels
  • Peer review should remain at the heart of the REF
  • The Society supports the inclusion of impact as one of the features of the REF
  • Excellent science should be supported wherever and by whomever it is done