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: University of Birmingham

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

• Alongside signing DORA, the University of Birmingham produced a statement ‘Our commitment to responsible research assessment’.
• The statement includes nine commitments to be made as a University, as individual researchers, and as decision-makers.
• In light of the statement, A Responsible and Fair Approaches to Research Assessment (RFARA) Task and Finish Group was established in May 2020, composed of university staff with different job responsibilities and at different career stages.
• The RFARA will oversee implementation of the principles into the research environment, for example through: reviewing and updating HR documentation to ensure recruitment, promotion and career-progression policies and practices align with the goals of the strategy; developing guidance of staff on how to carry out responsible research assessments; developing guidance of applicants; preparing a consultation-based action plan to raise awareness and compliance with the responsible research assessment strategy and assign responsibilities; monitor progress towards implementation of the action plan and key goals.
• The statement and strategy are designed to introduce widespread culture change around research assessment and will be monitored and updated on a regular basis.

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Our Commitment to Responsible Research Assessment 3

This statement on responsible research assessment from the University of Birmingham outlines nine commitments meant to introduce widespread culture change around research evaluation.
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
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