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Letters Medical ethics

Include medical ethics in the Research Excellence Framework

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d3968
  1. Wing May Kong, chair1,
  2. Bryan Vernon, general secretary1,
  3. Kenneth Boyd, vice president1,
  4. Raanan Gillon, vice president1,
  5. Bobbie Farsides, member, governing body1,
  6. Gordon Stirrat, member, governing body1
  1. 1Institute of Medical Ethics, Old Bussage, Gloucestershire GL6 8AT, UK
  1. g.m.stirrat{at}

The Research Excellence Framework of the Higher Education Funding Council for England is taking place in 2013, its three key elements being outputs (65% of the profile), impact (20%), and “quality of the research environment” (15%). Impact will be assessed using case studies that “may include any social, economic or cultural impact or benefit beyond academia that has taken place during the …

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