Welcome to RAE 2014

Background of RAE 2014

The University Grants Committee(UGC) has already announced that a Research Assessment Exercises (RAEs) will be conducted in 2014 to assess the research quality of institutions and to encourage world-class research. The upcoming 2014 assessment will produce quality profiles of the cost centres of UGC-funded institutions, using rigorous international benchmarks and sharpened measures compared with the 2006 RAE.  The 2014 RAE results will be used to inform the distribution of part of the research portion of the UGC Block Grant to institutions.

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Purpose and Importance of RAE

(According to the UGC Framework for 2014 RAE)

To assess the quality of research of UGC-funded institutions on a sharpened basis by cost centre to drive excellence, using outputs, inputs and esteem measures as key factors for allocating the research portion of the institutional recurrent grant in a publicly accountable way.  Essentially, cost centres of similar disciplines will be compared (e.g. History with History, but not History with Chemistry.)  Results will be communicated on a cost centre basis without disclosing the identity of individual academic staff.

New Features of RAE 2014

[From the UGC Guidance Notes (finalized in November 2012) paragraph 1.5]

The following new features will be introduced in the 2014 RAE:

  1. research outputs will be classified into the following categories to sharpen measurement of research quality, especially at the top end:
    • 4 star: world leading;
    • 3 star: internationally excellent;
    • 2 star: international standing;
    • 1 star: regional standing;
    • unclassified;
  2. research outputs will account for 80% of weighting; research inputs (i.e. external competitive peer-reviewed research grants) and esteem measures (e.g. research awards and industry research grants and contracts) together will account for 20% of the weighting;
  3. each eligible academic staff member may submit up to 4 research outputs; up to 2 items may be submitted for double-weighting if justifiable by the amount of research effort (e.g. single-authored monographs);
  4. institutions will not be required to classify an output as one of the Carnegie Foundation’s definition of four types of scholarship;
  5. a new researcher who completed a PhD degree, or first took up an academic appointment in Hong Kong or elsewhere (whichever date is the earlier) within 50 months before the census date or earlier may proportionately reduce the number of submitted outputs;
  6. increased number of non-local experts in assessment panels: non-local experts will form a majority to minimize conflict of interest and enhance the credibility of assessment; and
  7. both Convenors and Deputy Convenors of the RAE panels will be non-local; every effort will be made to ensure that the panels will have a good mix of expertise and understanding of local issues as necessary.

Staff eligible to make submission

(According to the UGC Framework for 2014 RAE)

Same as 2006 RAE, except that only full time staff are included, and the requirement for 24 months of continuous appointment be extended to 36 months.  Staff have to be in post for at least 12 months before the census date of 30 September 2013.

UGC Documents

UGC RAE 2014 Website

UGC RAE 2014 Guidance Notes (Updated in January 2013)

UGC RAE 2014 Guidance Notes (November 2012)

UGC RAE 2014 Framework (April 2012)