Our response to ESRC proposals for managing research funding demand calls for a system based on individual researchers rather than institutional quotas or penalties.
Response submitted 2011
We recognise the current volume of submissions is unsustainable, and some form of demand management is appropriate. Amongst those who responded in the geographical community (Heads of Geography Departments across the UK) there is a stronger support for a system that is based on individual researchers rather than institutional quotas or institutional penalties.
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We hope that the ESRC will adopt an approach that does not rely on institutional quotas. Institutional quotas would necessitate the introduction of internal peer review systems in universities that are complex and expensive to organise. Additionally, there is a risk that institutional politics could have too great an effect on which proposals get reviewed by ESRC, or that this initial screening stage would not be as rigorous as the ESRC process. This would not be in the interest of social science generally, particularly if, for example, early career scholars were disadvantaged or if imaginative but riskier proposals fell at the first hurdle for ‘safer’ proposals.
A system based on individual researchers rather than institutional quotas or institutional penalties.
Our response emphasises the importance of subject-specific knowledge, pedagogy, skills and community engagement.
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We strongly support the introduction of a ‘quality of education’ judgement and the publication of Ofsted subject reviews. We also comment on the wording of Intent, Implementation and Impact statements.
Our response highlights the need to recognise and accommodate interdisciplinarity, and need for continuity from REF 2014.
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