In a burst of old man’s frenzy I decided to face down the British academic establishment over the comically misnamed Research Excellence Framework (REF).  My appeal against being included in so academically disreputable an exercise gained me some notoriety, as a result of which Sage commissioned me to write a book on the topic, which was published in December 2014 as Rank Hypocrisies: The Insult of the REF.

Many of my writings on the REF started life on this blog (go to Categories, REF). My other published writings on the Research Excellence Framework are as follows:

Time to abandon the gold standard?  Peer review for the REF falls far short of internationally accepted standards.  LSE Impact blog, 19 November 2014.

Problems with peer review for the REF.  CDBU blog, 21 November 2014.

One scholar’s crusade against the REF.  Times Higher Education, 11 December 2014.

Five reasons why the REF is not fit for purpose.  Guardian, 15 December 2014.

A whole lotta cheatin’ going on? REF stats revisited.  CDBU blog, 1 February 2015.

The REF: why did it cost so much?  Times Higher Education, 30 July 2015.


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