(2) what estimate his Department has made of the effect on administration costs of changing to a metrics-based Research Assessment Exercise.
The total administrative cost of preparations for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise to the four UK higher education funding bodies in 2005-06 was £1.184 million. That does not include the direct and indirect costs of the Exercise to universities.
It will not be possible to estimate the administrative cost of a reformed research assessment system until after the results of the consultation exercise that is currently in progress are known. However, the main aim of the Government's proposals remains to secure a significant reduction in the time and money that universities currently devote to the RAE.
Ministers and officials of the Department for Education and Skills have held discussions with a wide range of interested parties since the consultation document The reform of higher education research assessment and funding was published on 13 June. These include representatives of Universities UK, the Russell Group, the 1994 Group and the Campaign for Mainstream Universities, together with individual university teachers and administrators.