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Choices and challenges - The strategy for research and development in nursing and midwifery in Scotland

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Choices and challenges

Appendix 2 Research Assessment Exercise 2001:

performance of individual Nursing and Midwifery Departments in the UK (RAE, 2001)

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Unfortunately, Scotland did not contribute to this overall improvement. Only five academic departments entered Unit of Assessment 10 (Nursing) compared with four in 1996; overall, less than 10% of staff in those departments were entered. Improvements in ratings were marginal, with three departments achieving 3a, one 3b and one 2. Without investment, Scotland is in danger of falling behind the rest of the UK in terms of nursing research.

RATING SCALE FOR RAE 2001
(standard scale with common definitions of ratings for all Units of Assessment)

5*

Quality that equates to attainable levels of international excellence in more than half of the research activity submitted and attainable levels of national excellence in the remainder.

5

Quality that equates to attainable levels of international excellence in up to half of the research activity submitted and to attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all of the remainder.

4

Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all of the research activity submitted, showing some evidence of international excellence.

3a

Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in over two-thirds of the research activity submitted; possibly showing evidence of international excellence.

3b

Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in more than half of the research activity submitted.

2

Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in up to half of the research activity submitted.

1

Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in none, or virtually none, of the research activity submitted.