Prof. Rachel Cooper: Measuring Design Research – the UK approach

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“Can we assess the quality of design research, what can we count as design research, what is world leading research, would you know it when you see it and does national assessment help?”
In the UK we are currently underway with the Research Assessment Framework, whereby every department in every university is assessed in terms of the quality of their research output, research environment and research impact. I am on the panel of assessors who have been looking at Art and Design, Architecture and Art and Design History, we have been working for seven months assessing 8000 output, environment statements, research income and PhD completion, as well as impact statement.  My planned talk will review this activity and look at the costs and benefits to Design Research.

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