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Reshaping the UniversityThe Rise of the Regulated Market in Higher Education$
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David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.001.0001

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The Rise of the Research Agenda

The Rise of the Research Agenda

Redefining the Academic Mission

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(p.150) 7 The Rise of the Research Agenda
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Reshaping the University
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David Palfreyman

Ted Tapper

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659821.003.0007

Integral to the English idea of the university was the link between teaching and research , that teaching needs to be informed by a commitment to scholarship. However, in reality some academics have contracts to pursue only research while others undertake only teaching. Within this context, this chapter analyses the structural development of English higher education, with reference to the Research Assessment Exercises. English higher education is composed of a number of sectors that form a hierarchical whole. While research excellence is widely spread, there are levels of institutional commitment as reflected in the overall quality profiles, the range of research outputs, and the academic focus of research. The chapter concludes that the funding mechanisms for the Research Assessment Exercises have been manipulated to construct a differentiated institutional model. It seems the intention is to create an elite cadre of research institutions by restricting funding.

Keywords:   research assessment, peer review, selectivity, world-class, metrics, academic mission, financial returns, system structure, RAEs, research councils

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