UK academics who dislike the research excellence framework often suggest boycotting it. But could it ever really happen? And what would the consequences be? Italy provides some evidence. The country has its own version of the REF, known as the VQR (“Evaluation of Research Quality”). But Italian universities are in turmoil because of the refusal of large numbers to do so. Alberto Baccini and Giuseppe De Nicolao consider the protest’s impact. Su Times Higher Education del 21 aprile 2016.
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