New REF guidelines penalise female academics – send us your views

UCU warned on Tuesday that proposed new guidelines for university research as part of the 2014 REF will penalise female academics. Under the draft proposals, female researchers who take maternity leave will still be expected to produce the same number of high-quality research publications as their colleagues. You can read the full consultation document here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/ref/pubs/2011/03_11/

UCU will be responding to the consultation exercise as well as providing briefing to branches on how best to protect members. We will argue for greater recognition of the disruptive nature of maternity and adoption leave on workloads and publications. Please help us to feed into the consultation by sending us your comments on the draft REF draft panel criteria, including all the elements relating to equality and diversity. Please can you send in any comments to Rob Copeland, policy officer rcopeland AT ucu.org.uk by no later than Friday 30 September.

Read UCU’s press release here: http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5716

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