Academic staff frustrated with research assessment exercise

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:983
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Academic staff are deeply dissatisfied with the research assessment exercise, the mechanism that is used to allocate funding in higher education. This is the finding of a survey of clinical academic and research staff in the United Kingdom.

    Although a minority (21%) of the 756 academics who returned the BMA's questionnaire said that the assessment exercise had had a positive impact on their career, twice as many (40%) said that it had affected them in a negative way. Two fifths (39%) said that it had not influenced their career.

    One respondent wrote, “As [the research assessment exercise] is the only ‘quality’ measure linked to funding, then career progression depends entirely on research …

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