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Nutrition; effects of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Heather Hartwell (School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK)
Edwin van Teijlingen (School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK)
Jonathon Parker (School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review one aspect, impact of the forthcoming assessment of research in UK universities, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and to examine its meaning and potential for enhanced partnerships between practitioners and academia.

Design/methodology/approach

This article debates the increasing requirement of practitioner and academic collaboration as well as outlining how we, as a contributing University, are grappling with the evidence needed to develop a framework that will demonstrate impact outside of formal academia.

Findings

It is difficult to establish the link between cause and effect and to assume that the potential changes in behaviour are the result of certain interventions; capturing learning or useful data which contributes to evidenced based policy is challenging. The problem is compounded by the diversity of funding sources, each with its own scrutinising requirements. The importance of REF for the integration of evidenced based practice is evident and demonstrates the major role that practitioners could play in the future.

Originality/value

A considerable amount of UK research is publically funded, hence fuelling the Government's drive to determine impact on society. This paper debates for the first time that practitioners have a role to play in its creation and identification.

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Citation

Hartwell, H., van Teijlingen, E. and Parker, J. (2013), "Nutrition; effects of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 74-77. https://doi.org/10.1108/00346651311295941

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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