Select Committee on Science and Technology Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Annex E

SUB-PANELS IN RAE2001

1 & 3a Neurosciences*
1 & 3bCardiovascular Sciences*
1 & 3cCancer Studies*
1 & 3dImmunology and Infection
2aEpidemiology, Public Health Research and Health Services Research*
2bPrimary Care*
2cPsychiatry*
23aApplied Maths User Group
24aStatistics & Operational Research User Group
25aComputer Science Information Studies
35aGeography User Group
35bGeography Development Studies
36aScottish Law
39aPolitics and International Studies User Group
39bPolitics and International Studies Science Policy
42aSociology Womens Studies
42bSociology Research User Representative
46aAfrican Studies
46bArabic, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
46cHebrew, Jewish and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
56aPhonetics
61aInformation Studies
65aCommunication, cultural and Media Studies Practise Based Research
66aDrama Dance and Performing Arts
68aContinuing Education


  *sub-panels producing ratings

  This is not a question of advantaging or disadvantaging interdisciplinary research, because there is no reason to assume that it will tend either to suffer or benefit from any effects. The issue is ensuring that the assessments are as thorough as they can possible be in each individual case.

  The committee will notice that moving from disciplinary units of assessment (eg. sociology) to interdisciplinary research themes (eg ageing) is in no way a solution to the problem identified above. There will always be research which does not fit neatly into a single assessment unit, however the units are configured.

  We accept, of course, it is appropriate that research council competitions should reflect the kind of collaborations individual researchers engage in and should encourage researchers to work on themes of national importance. Our view has always been that it is likewise appropriate that the RAE, which assesses the quality of a department's research capacity should reflect the configuration of university departments and encourage the growth of capacity in high quality units. In the course of our investigation into the form of any future RAE we will revisit this question.

17.  WHAT THE AVERAGE RATINGS AND THE NUMBERS OF SUBMISSIONS FOR EACH UOA IN 1996 AND 2001?

  This information is supplied in Annex F.



 
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