The rejection of metrics for the REF does not take account of existing problems of determining research quality

« Amidst heavy scepticism over the role of metrics in research assessments, Martin Smith [Professor of Politics at the University of York] wonders whether the flaws of the current system have been fully recognised. There is no system of research assessment that is perfect and peer review may well be a better, although problematic, measure of quality than metrics. But the REF has become disproportionate. The question that arises is whether a system of metrics, whilst still imperfect, would enable less time spent on assessing research and more time doing it? (…) »