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Call for the Immediate Cancellation of the REF 2021 Publication Period

Collective letter to REF 2021 from Feminist Review Editorial Collective; Dubravka Zarkov, Editor, European Journal of Women’s Studies; Michaela Benson, on behalf of the editorial team at The Sociological Review; Feminist Legal Studies Editorial Board; Sarah Kember, on behalf of the editors of Feminist Theory. The four UK higher education funding bodies are currently making changes to the details of […]

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As REF 2014 goes by: a fight for cash and glory… (with apologies to Casablanca)

By John Holmwood and Stephen McKay In this analysis of REF 2014, we extend the analysis of disparities across sub-panels that we recently published in a blog for the Times Higher. We show how these outcomes are not ‘facts’ about the relative standing of the social sciences, but artifacts of a flawed exercise.  Notwithstanding its severe limitations and pronounced neo-liberal […]

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Who’s Afraid of the Teaching Excellence Framework?

By Eric Royal Lybeck Voltaire once said of the Holy Roman Empire: it was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. Similarly, the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) released earlier this summer is neither about teaching, nor excellence, nor is it a framework. Still, universities will channel all their energy into further pursuit of […]

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