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Consultation Response - second Research Excellence Framework


The Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) is the representative voice of the 12 AHP professions on research matters.

1. Executive Summary

  • We recommend maintaining an overall continuity of approach with REF 2014. We believe that the assessment burden should not be increased.
  • Generally, UOA3 is acceptable. However, there are issues that need to be taken into consideration when assessing allied health profession (AHP) research. AHPs are a diverse group, leading to a broad range of research in the allocated UOA. There is a risk that high-impact research in small professions may get lost, or be assessed by people with inadequate knowledge of a specialist field. We recommend an AHP sub-profile within the UOA or ‘tagging’ and indexing submissions by discipline at submission stage.


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Council for Allied Health Professions Research

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