No. 40 of Session 2003-04

14 May 2004


Research Assessment Exercise: A Follow - up

On Wednesday 19 May the Science and Technology Committee will hold its first evidence session for its follow-up inquiry into the Research Assessment Exercise. The Committee will be taking evidence from:

(at 10.00am)

Professor Sir Gareth Roberts, President, Wolfson College, Oxford

Royal Society, Lord May of Oxford, President

Universities UK

Professor Ivor Crewe, President, and Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex

Professor Adrian Smith, Principal, Queen Mary, University of London


(at 10.45 am)

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive

Mr Rama Thirunamachandran, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer

The meeting will be in Committee Room 6.

A second evidence session will take place on 7 June at 4pm. Witnesses will be announced at a later date.

For further information, please ring the Committee staff on 020 7219 2793/4, or refer to the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033. 

Previous press notices and publications are available on our website 

Notes for those wishing to attend a public meeting of the Committee

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Notes for Editors

• Under the terms of Standing Order No. 152 the Committee is empowered to examine the Aexpenditure, policy and administration of the Office of Science and Technology and its associated public bodies@. The Committee was appointed on 12 November 2001.

• The Committee announced its inquiry on 11 February 2004, press release no. 19, Session 2003-04.

• The Committee published its report, The Research Assessment Exercise, on 25 April 2002 as the Second Report of Session 2001-02 (HC 507). The Government's reply was published as the Fifth Special Report of Session 2001-02 on 26 June 2002 (HC 995).