DORA is committed to supporting the development of new policies and practices for responsible research assessment. This tool compiles searchable criteria, hiring standards, review, promotion, and tenure from academic institutions.

Institution Profile: Edinburgh Napier University

LocationUnited Kingdom
Type of InstitutionComprehensive University or equivalent
Academic DisciplinesDiscipline non-specified

• Having signed DORA, Edinburgh Napier University has undergone various efforts to put these principles into action.
• This included the production of a Responsible Metrics statement and blog explaining the University’s signing up to DORA directed to staff.
• A call for a DORA working group went out and subsequently formed into a group that meets monthly, reviewing academic careers and Academic Framework and promotions and appointment process.
• The Academic Appointments and Promotions Framework now states: “Applicants are expected to demonstrate some evidence against each of the criteria relevant to their academic pathway. They should clearly explain the context and significance of their work and not rely solely on metrics such as journal impact factors and citations. The panel will exercise balanced academic judgement as to the overall profile, level of achievement and the inherent quality of outputs. As a signatory of DORA the University recognises the importance of using a range of qualitative and normalised quantitative metrics to evidence the intrinsic value of research outputs.” (Page 3).
• DORA requirements with respect to responsible uses of metrics were included in faculty promotions rounds and subsequently reviewed by the DORA working group and fed back to the University’s promotions evaluation committee.
• There is now ongoing communication work around research culture and responsible assessment across the University.

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Responsible Metrics 4

This timeline shows reform measures taken by Edinburgh Napier University before and after signing DORA in 2019. The insitution created working groups, training on responsible metrics, and university-wide communication on research culture.
Edinburgh Napier University
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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Academic Appointments and Promotions Framework 6

Document describing Edinburgh Napier University's expectations for academic achievement for its faculty. Faculty are assessed in four categories, recognizing the importance of qualitative evidence provided by faculty.
Edinburgh Napier University
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Topics:
Responsible Metrics
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