Academic staff frustrated with research assessment exerciseBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7523.983-a (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:983
- Zosia Kmietowicz
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 …