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Posted by egg3 at Jan 08, 2014 09:04 AM |
New year 2014 blog - REF update

Happy New Year to you all

The REF2014 submission has been completed, with a huge sigh of relief all round!

The Neuroscience & Behaviour Theme was submitted under the grouping known as UoA4 (Neuroscience, Psychology and Psychiatry) we were able to return approximately 70% of our staff members. The cumulative average scores of the submitted outputs was just over 3; and of the 137 papers submitted, 17% were estimated as 4* and 66% were 3* (determined by external reviewers). Of course what really counts are the scores that our outputs receive from the review panel and they will be working on this over the next year. In addition to our published outputs a document explaining our research expertise, our inter-relationships, co-operation and strategies for future development and research were presented in the Environment Statement. This included statements about our grant income and indicators of esteem. An Impact Statement described how we made our research relevant to society and four specific examples or Case-Studies were submitted from the groups listed below - and thanks for all your efforts.

  • Infantile Nystagmus – Gottlob & Proudlock
  • Eye Witness Testimony – Davies, Bull, Holliday, Flowe & Boon
  • Adult Autism – Brugha and colleagues
  • Child Mental Health – Vostanis and colleagues

Many others also contributed to our REF2014 submission. I would like to highlight the contributions of Gordon Harold and of Doug Barrett, Claire Gibson, Sarah Hall and Christine Whitehead in writing, organising and working with our colleagues in developing the Impact cases. Anna Harding and her team have also provided a huge input in administering, data collection, validation and many aspects of the organisation.

We should get the result around December 2014. It's a long time off, but we have other things to keep us busy in the meantime - such as the Outreach during Brain Awareness week in March and the Theme Symposium on April 3rd  - I am looking forward to reading the Posters!

My New Year's resolutions are to eat fewer biscuits…. and get back to my research.

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