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The RQF at UWA. April 2007. RQF @ UWA. Announced by Minister Bishop December 2006 New system to assess research quality Distribute research block grant funding Based on the UK RAE process. RQF @ UWA. No promise of new money Full details and rules unknown Key Document The Recommended RQF

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The rqf at uwa

The RQF at UWA

April 2007


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RQF @ UWA

  • Announced by Minister Bishop December 2006

  • New system to assess research quality

  • Distribute research block grant funding

  • Based on the UK RAE process


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RQF @ UWA

  • No promise of new money

  • Full details and rules unknown

  • Key Document

    The Recommended RQF

    (October 2006) http://www.dest.gov.au/research/rqf


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Eligible Staff:

Teaching and Research and Research only

Employed 40% or more

Level B and above

Competitive grant funded research fellows (ARC Postdocs – Level A – may be assessed)


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Possibly included (not yet decided):

  • Adjuncts, Honorary, plus

  • less than 0.4 appointments

    May be assessed (included on complete list of publications? – context statements?)

    May be assessed for quality BUT not for funding


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Eligible staff:

  • Must have 4 research outputs to assess

  • BUT may be less for Early Career Researchers (between 2 and 4)


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Key Dates

Assessment Period 2001 to 2006

Staff Census Date 31 March 2007

(plus service period rules)

Submission date30 April 2008


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Submissions

Work will be submitted, assessed and reported via RFCD codes (research fields, courses and disciplines)

Individuals will not be assessed

Results will not be published for individuals

Scores published for Universities


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Submissions

  • Not by individuals but by research groups

  • University determined groups

  • Based on RFCD codes and directed to (13) assessment panels

  • Submit Evidence Portfolios


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Evidence Portfolios

  • 4 best research outputs per person

  • Full list of publications

  • Context statements (evidence of research quality)

  • 10 page impact statement per group

    Plus institution list of submitted vs eligible staff


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Quality Assessment

  • Expert review – not quite peer review

  • Holistic view of a group’s work

  • May have some expert peer advice


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RQF @ UWA

  • 1. Biological sciences

  • RFCD 2701-2799

  • Biochemistry and cell biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Ecology & evolution, Biotechnology, Other biological sciences


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  • 6. Clinical sciences and clinical physiology

  • RFCD 3201-3206, 3208-3210(less 321021),321204

  • Medicine – general, Immunology, Medical biochemistry & clinical chemistry, Medical microbiology, Pharmacology & pharmaceutical sciences, Medical physiology, Dentistry, Optometry, Clinical sciences (exc. Psychiatry), Mental health


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  • TABLE 1: THE RATING SCALE FOR RESEARCH QUALITY

  • Rating Descriptor

  • 5 Research that is world leading in its field or makes an equally exceptional contribution in an area of particular significance to Australia.

  • 4 Research that meets world standards of excellence in its field or makes an equally excellent contribution in an area of particular significance to Australia.

  • 3 Research that is recognised internationally as excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.

  • 2 Research that is recognised as methodologically sound in its field and of high originality, significance and rigour.

  • 1 Research that is deemed to fall below the standard of recognised quality work.


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Impact Assessment

“Research impact is defined as the social, economic, environmental and/or cultural benefits of research”

  • 10 page submission (verifiable evidence)

  • 4 case studies

  • End users to contact for references

  • Must have a quality rating of 2 to be assessed


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TABLE 2: THE RATING SCALE FOR RESEARCH IMPACT

Rating Description

  • A Adoption of the research has produced an outstanding social, economic, environmental and/or cultural benefit for the wider community, regionally within Australia, nationally or internationally.

  • B Adoption of the research has produced a significant social, economic environmental and/or cultural benefit for the wider community, regionally within Australia, nationally or internationally.

  • C Research has been adopted to produce new policies, products, attitudes, behaviours and/or outlooks in the end user community.

  • D Research has engaged with the end user community to address a social, economic, environmental and/or cultural issue regionally within Australia, nationally or internationally.

  • E Research has had limited or no identifiable social, economic, environmental and/or cultural outcome, regionally within Australia, nationally or internationally.


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The UWA Approach

  • Internal Research Quality Assessment process

  • Helped us learn about the issues for managing and interpreting ratings for research quality


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The UWA Approach

  • Socrates as an RQF tool

  • https://socrates.uwa.edu.au

  • Log-on staff ID plus password

  • Collects data from many university systems and presents it in a set of different views on research performance


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The UWA approach

Socrates:

  • Grants

  • Publications

  • Note CV function

  • Socratic Index


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Socrates

Citation data (incomplete):

  • journal impact factor,

  • number of citations

  • Expected versus actual citations

  • Can help with selecting 4 best publications


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  • Top down vs bottom up

  • Minimise unproductive work

  • Identify research groups (university structure of disciplines)

  • Mostly school based but some centres

  • Identify whose work falls in to which group

  • Who is assessed and who is not


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  • Identify a key person per group

  • Draft up group statements

  • Context and impact statements

  • Internal review

  • Write, revise, review and rewrite


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Timeline

February - April 2007:

  • talk to schools

  • Identify groups (and rfcd codes)

  • Identify key person


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April – May 2007

Draft context and impact statements

May - November 2007

Review and redraft impact statements

November- December 2007

Finalise selection of ‘research outputs’ to submit


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Basic Assumptions

  • More assessed rather than less

  • UWA budget model unchanged

  • UWA Mission and strategic goal more important than transient DEST funding formulas


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Assessment Panels

with RFCD codes


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RQF @ UWA

  • 1. Biological sciences

  • RFCD 2701-2799

  • Biochemistry and cell biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Ecology & evolution, Biotechnology, Other biological sciences


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  • 2. Physical, chemical and earth sciences

  • RFCD 2401-2699

  • Astronomical sciences, Theoretical & condensed matter physics, Atomic & molecular physics; Nuclear & particle physics; Plasma physics, Optical physics, Classical physics, Other physical sciences, Physical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Macromolecular chemistry, Theoretical & computational chemistry, Other chemical sciences, Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Oceanography, Hydrology, Atmospheric sciences, Other earth sciences


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  • 3. Engineering and technology

  • RFCD 2902-2999

  • Aerospace engineering, Manufacturing engineering, Automotive engineering, Mechanical & industrial engineering, Chemical engineering, Resources engineering, Civil engineering, Electrical & electronic engineering, Geomantic engineering, Environmental engineering, Maritime engineering, Metallurgy, Materials engineering, Biomedical engineering, Computer hardware, Communications technologies, Interdisciplinary engineering, Other engineering &technology


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  • 4. Mathematical and information sciences and technology

  • RFCD 2301-2399, 2801-2899

  • Mathematics, Statistics, Other mathematical sciences, Information systems, Artificial intelligence & signal & image processing, Computer software, Computation theory & mathematics, Data format, Other information, computing & communication sciences


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  • 5. Agricultural, veterinary, food and environmental sciences

  • RFCD 2901, 3001-3099

  • Industrial biotechnology & food sciences, Soil & water sciences, Crop & pasture production, Horticulture, Animal production, Veterinary sciences, Forestry sciences, Fisheries sciences, Environmental sciences, Land, parks & agricultural management, Other agricultural, veterinary & environmental sciences


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  • 7. Public health and health services

  • RFCD 3211-3299 (less 321204)

  • Nursing, Public health & health services (exc. Mental health), Complementary/ alternative medicine, Human movement & sports science, Other medical & health sciences


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  • 8. Psychology, psychiatry, neurological, behavioural and cognitive sciences

  • RFCD 3207, 321021,380, 3802,3803-3899

  • Neurosciences, Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognitive science, Other behavioural & cognitive sciences & Linguistics.


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  • 9. Social sciences and politics

  • RFCD 3601-3705 (less 3702)

  • Political science, Policy & administration, Other policy & political science, Sociology, Anthropology, Human geography, Demography


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  • 10. Economics, commerce and management

  • RFCD 3401-3599

  • Economic theory, Applied economics, Economic history & history of economic thought, Econometrics, Other economics, Accounting, auditing & accountability, Business and management, Banking, finance and investment, Transportation, Tourism, Services, Other commerce, management, tourism and services.


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  • 11. Law, Education and Professional Practices

  • RFCD 3301-3399, 3901-4099, 3702

  • Education studies, Curriculum studies, Professional development of teachers, Other education, Journalism, communication and media, Librarianship, Curatorial studies, Social work, Other journalism, librarianship & curatorial studies, Law, Professional development of practitioners, Justice & legal studies, Law enforcement, Other law, justice, law enforcement


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  • 12. Humanities

  • RFCD 3706-3799, 419901, 4201-4499

  • History & philosophy of science & medicine, Other studies in human society, Art History and appreciation, Language studies, Literature studies, Cultural studies, Other language & culture, Historical studies, Archaeology & prehistory, Other history & archaeology, Philosophy, Religion & religious traditions, Other philosophy & religion


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  • 13. Creative arts, design and built environment

  • RFCD 3101-3199, 4101-4199 (less 419901)

  • Architecture and urban environment, building, Other architecture, urban environment and building, Performing arts, Visual arts & crafts, Cinema, electronic arts & multimedia, Design studies, Other arts (exc. Art history & appreciation)


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