requires that the awarding body asks a very simple question; are these qualifications any good?
For that RQF
process, the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training defined research in part as 'Creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications' (cited in Bacon, 2006: 148).
The underlying purpose of processes such as the Research Quality Framework ('RQF
') and the ERA is to identify excellence in and create incentives for quality research.
But all that said, Simon's article is correct about the market imperative now motivating university leaders, along with the impact of intrusive and misdirected auditing exercises such as the RQF
. The Arts example illustrates a contemporary dilemma--no Arts faculty in the country can survive on current Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding rates, so institutions must search for other revenue to keep the 'unviable' afloat.
Another factor driving the universities' decision to adopt Scopus is its bearing on the Research Quality Framework (RQF
) which will be mandatory in 2008.
The Australian government is currently moving towards a system largely based on the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), to be called the 'Research Quality Framework (RQF
In Australia the Research Quality Framework (RQF
) has been established to undertake a similar ranking procedure.
The CRCAH is evaluating the facilitated research development process as it continues to evolve, but it immediately faces the challenge of how to measure successful outcomes or impact, the same challenge confronting the university sector more broadly in relation to the Research Quality Framework currently under development in Australia (RQF
The current tool, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the previous Australian Research Quality Framework (RQF
) emphasise a shift from research quantity to quality measurements.
* removing HET from the economics discipline will have no effect on the standing of historians of economics within the university system nor on their position within the RQF
system nor on the level of public funding they receive.