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British Academy's response to the second Research Excellence Framework

The British Academy has responded to the consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework. The consultation document set out the proposals of the four UK higher education funding bodies for the second Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions. The Academy welcomed the direction of travel in Lord Stern’s Independent Review, ‘Building on Success and Learning from Experience’, particularly around the definition of Impact, and its efforts to reduce the distortion of research careers as a result of the REF and the burden of the exercise. The Academy is encouraged that the principles of the Stern Review are to be operationalised, building on the existing measures in REF2014.