The Funding Bodies' Initial Statement
12. Sir Gareth's Report was issued for consultation
in May 2003 with a deadline at the end of November 2003. The result
was a Joint Initial Statement from the four Funding Bodies issued
in February 2004. The main points announced in that document were:
a) The next RAE will take place in 2008 with
subsequent RAEs following on a six-year cycle;
b) Eligible research outputs must be published
between 1 January 2001 and 31 July 2007 with no more than four
outputs for each named researcher;
c) A single assessment method will be used for
all participating HEIs rather than Sir Gareth's three-track approach.
Assessment will be conducted by 15-20 main panels, and around
70 sub-panels. There will be no separate assessment of research
competences or mid-point monitoring, as advocated by Sir Gareth's
review. The assessment process will be designed to ensure that
joint submissions are not discouraged. Due weight will be given
to applied research assessed against appropriate criteria of excellence;
d) Results will be published as a continuously
graded quality profile for each submission at the sub-panel level.
Quality profiles will be criterion-referenced against clearly
defined common standards.