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 Kent

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

• The University of Kent produced an Academic Career Map for hiring and promotion which included key indicators for education, scholarship and professional practice, research and innovation, citizenship and leadership.
• The academic research component of the map does not mention quantitative indicators – only excellence in terms of research quality.
• Promotion committee guidance given to review panels provides specific instructions that they should not use any scoring method, either formal or informal. Review panels are asked to value all areas of academic endeavor, including aspects that cannot be easily quantified, such as collaboration and team leadership (Personal communication from Assistant Director for Academic Strategy and Performance)
• The head of research communications has made it known that they can be contacted in confidence if by a member of staff if they witness practices that contravene DORA or the Leiden Manifesto.

Related Resources

Recognising Excellence in Academia: Academic Career Map – Initial Staff Guide 5

This is a series of videos that introduce the University of Kent’s Academic Career Map, which was developed in partnership with faculty and staff and broadens the criteria upon which they are evaluated.
University of Kent
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Portfolio assessment
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Responsible metrics at Kent – so what? 2

This is a statement from the University of Kent that it has signed DORA. It also outlines new processes for faculty and staff to implement DORA and responsible research assessment.
University of Kent
United Kingdom (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Responsible Metrics
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