Radical rethink of UK’s excellence frameworks is needed

  • Robert MacIntosh

Press/Media: Research


Review of the REF, TEF and KEF frameworks in UK higher education and a proposed radical simplification of these processes. Appeared as a blog in Times Higher Education

Period16 Apr 2021

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Media contributions

  • TitleRadical rethink of UK’s excellence frameworks is needed
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletTimes Higher Education
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size900 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionDesigning assessments that adequately measure learning outcomes but do not absorb excessive amounts of students’ time is always a tricky task for academics. After all, we are the ones required to mark the mountain of exam scripts and essays that follow.

    With submissions entered for the research excellence framework (REF) and the results for the first knowledge exchange framework (KEF) due imminently, academia’s own outputs are now under scrutiny and many scholars are wondering if the balance between effort expended on assessment versus the insight gained has drifted out of kilter.
    Producer/AuthorRobert MacIntosh
    PersonsRobert MacIntosh