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University Research Assessment Exercise

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the cost effectiveness of individual researchers in the University Research Assessment Exercise. (95790)

I made clear to my hon. Friend in my answer of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 649W, that the Government do not believe that the bureaucratic burden that the research assessment exercise places on individual scholars is cost efficient. The main purpose of the consultation exercise on the reform of research assessment and funding that ended on 13 October is to identify future arrangements that permit this burden to be reduced significantly.