Commenting on the publication today of Lord Stern’s independent review of the Research Excellence Framework, Building on Success and Learning from Experience, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering said:

“The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes the publication of Lord Stern’s review and the work that has been conducted to help improve the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The Academy is particularly pleased that the review recommends that the focus on impact is retained. Introduced in REF 2014, the assessment of impact through case studies was welcomed by the engineering community, which has benefited from increased recognition of the value of their work. The Academy also supports the recommendation that peer review should remain an important measure of excellence.  

“I am pleased to see that the review also considers how mobility between industry and academia can be promoted and enhanced, which was a focus of my 2015 Review of Business-University Research Collaborations. There is great potential for improving and increasing such valuable and productive collaborations.” 

“As Chair of one of the four main panels for REF 2014, I am aware of the great complexities of implementing the REF and the importance of ongoing collaborative work with the research community and government to ensure we have the best measure of excellence for the UK. The Academy looks forward to contributing to this ongoing work to shape the future research landscape.” 

Notes for editors

  1. The Royal Academy of Engineering submitted evidence to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework, which is available to view online:
    Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework: Submission from the Royal Academy of Engineering (194.71 KB)
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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