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Assessment system in Britain is failing medical research

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7485.215 (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:215
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The future of medical research in UK universities is under severe threat, because the “one size fits all” approach to allocating funding in higher education fails to take account of the nature of clinical research, the BMA warned last week.

The government's research assessment exercise, the system used to rate university departments on their research output and to allocate future funding, is “biased” against medical research, says the BMA, with generally lower ratings awarded to medical disciplines than to non-medical subjects, such as veterinary sciences.

The assessment criteria rank …

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