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Performance assessment in science and academia: effects of the RAE/REF on academic life

12 May 2016, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm


Event Information

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Room 731, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

CGHE programme 2: Socio-economic implications of high participation higher education


Len Ole Schäfer

This seminar will present research results from a project entitled 'Performance Assessment in Science and Academia. RAE/REF's effects on academic life'. 

The seminar will examine empirical results concerning the effects of the RAE/REF on academic life: on

  • research performance;
  • inequality;
  • diversity;
  • academic freedom;
  • research and teaching; and
  • recruitment policies.

The study will analyse qualitative material from the field of chemistry, sociology and history in three different institutions concerning the effects of the RAE/REF on academic life.

About the presenter

Len Ole Schäfer is working as a visiting doctoral scholar at UCL Institute of Education for three months, and he is PhD student in Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany working in the research project 'unintended effects of science performance assessment' conducted under the direction of Professor Richard Münch at Bamberg University. The project is implemented in the funding line 'performance assessment in science', funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science and is coordinated at TU Munich, Germany. His research focuses on the RAE/REF's effects on academic life.

This seminar is open to the public, free of charge. No advance booking is required.

Please note that the Chatham House Rule applies to some CGHE seminars - email Anna Phillips: anna.phillips@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

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