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HEFCE Announces Impact Weighting for REF 2014

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has today announced the weighting for ‘impact’ for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.  It will be 20% with the expectation that it will increase in future exercises.  Sounds like a sound and balanced decision given the history of the debate but also the learning from the pilot exercises last year.  You’ll remember that the original proposal was for 25%.

Last week HEFCE also announced the members of the various panels for the REF.

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