May 17, 2007

Procedures for making allegations concerning higher education institutions and the 2008 RAE - UK

The 2008 RAE is managed on behalf of the higher education funding bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL) by a project team based at HEFCE.

Different procedures are in place for making and investigating allegations of financial irregularity or impropriety, mismanagement, waste or fraud (public interest disclosures) about the higher education institutions (HEIs) funded by each funding body. Disclosures concerning HEIs and the RAE will be handled through these same procedures.

If you wish to make such an allegation concerning an HEI and the 2008 RAE, either about its preparations for the RAE or its submissions, then you should follow the procedure that applies in the relevant country.
  • For allegations concerning an English HEI funded by HEFCE, please follow HEFCE's procedure.
  • For allegations concerning a Scottish HEI funded by SFC, please follow the procedure described in paragraph 23 of Guide for members of governing bodies of Scottish higher education institutions and good practice benchmarks' (SHEFC, HE/05/99).
  • You can also refer to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
  • For allegations concerning a Welsh HEI funded by HEFCW, please follow HEFCW's procedure.
  • For allegations concerning a Northern Ireland HEI funded by DEL, please follow DEL's procedure.
  • The RAE team will handle allegations of perceived irregularity within RAE submissions that it receives from chairs or members of RAE panels during the assessment process through the RAE data verification procedures.

Any allegations of irregularity or impropriety on the part of members or chairs of RAE main or sub-panels will be treated as complaints.
...The criteria and working methods encourage higher education institutions (HEIs) to submit the work of all of their excellent researchers in the 2008 RAE, including those whose volume of research output may have been limited for reasons covered by equal opportunities legislation...
...The legal framework for the RAE: a changing context

7. Since the last RAE there has been an increase in the scope and application of equalities legislation that encompasses all functions of HEIs and of the UK higher education (HE) funding bodies, including the RAE.

8. This means that, throughout all stages of the planning and implementation of the RAE, legislative requirements must be met by HEIs and the funding bodies. HEIs, funding bodies, and panels acting on behalf of the funding bodies may be open to external scrutiny. HEIs and funding bodies may be open to challenges in respect of their operation of the law.

9. HEIs will need to meet legislative requirements in selecting their staff for inclusion in RAE submissions. The funding bodies, through the RAE team, will require HEIs to confirm that they have developed, adopted and documented an appropriate internal code of practice in preparing RAE submissions and selecting staff for inclusion.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are many ways that workplace bullying can be addressed and eradicated.

HEFCE clearly has a wide range of responsibilities in ensuring that public money is used wisely. Workplace bullying by academics does not fall under the category of using public money wisely.

Bullying is not acceptable behaviour in the playground. It is most certainly not acceptable behaviour in universities.

Use the routes that are available to raise issues regarding workplace bullying. It is probably better to submit complaints as a group where possible rather than on an individual basis.

It may also be useful to seek union support.

We are all paying a lot of money to our unions. Their role is to support members in taking action to improve the research output and teaching quality in our universities... amongst other things...

Members who are being bullied are unable to be as productive as they would like to be.

Aphra Behn