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We all benefit from the Research Assessment Excerise

By Christoph Bluth   May 2000

Nobody likes external assessment of professional performance, and academics-who are used to exemption from most of the constraints under which other professionals have to operate and whose performance is difficult to assess-like it the least. But it would be wrong to say that most academics believe that the Research Assessment Exercise is a disaster, as Gordon Marsden implies (Prospect, January). Indeed, for those academics who see research at the boundary of human knowledge as their calling, the RAE is a godsend. I must declare my interests, as I have benefited substantially from the RAE. But for ambitious and research-active academics…

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