What about the PBRF?

What about the PBRF?


It’s time to knock it on the head. It was a good idea 25 years ago, when universities were funded according to how many full-time equivalent students they had. The PBRF pushed them to value research more highly, and to ensure that their teaching was ‘research-informed’. But we’ve long since corrected that imbalance. Now teaching is under-valued and handed off to junior staff and senior students, so that academics can focus more on their research. Students are being short-changed, and there’s an awful lot of research being done that is of little value.

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