Ian Tonks appointed to REF panel for Business and Management Studies
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which will be completed in 2014, is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the School of Management was placed 5th for the quality of its research, equal to Oxford and LSE. An impressive ninety percent of the School’s faculty submitted to the RAE with 30% of our research rated 4* and therefore considered ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’. Seventy percent of our research was rated 3* and ‘internationally excellent’.
The REF will be a process of expert review. Institutions will be invited to make submission to 36 units of assessments. The submissions will be assessed by expert sub-panels, working under the leadership and guidance of four main panels to ensure common procedures and consistent application of the overall assessment standards.
Within panel C, Ian will be a member of sub-panel 19 which focuses on the area of Business and Management Studies.
Notes to Editors
Ian Tonks is a Professor of Finance in the University of Bath School of Management. His research focuses on pension economics; fund manager performance; directors’ trading and market microstructure. He has recently written a book on Annuity Markets and has published in leading economics and finance journals. He has acted as a consultant to a number of commercial and regulatory organisations including the London Stock Exchange, the Competition Commission, and the Financial Services Authority, and has advised the Department of Work and Pensions, the Bank of England, and the House of Commons Select Committee on issues in pensions. For more information, please visit Ian’s Faculty Page
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General Notes For Editors:
The University of Bath School of Management has consistently achieved both top research and teaching ratings in the UK's Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessments. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the School was rated 5th in the UK for management research.
We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976. The School is consistently ranked among the top UK business schools by The Times, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian.
The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.
The School of Management has a faculty of around 90 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a support team of around 70 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,100 students in total comprising some 200 MBA students, 460 Master’s students, 210 full- and part-time research students, and over 1100 undergraduates following BSc degrees. The School also runs joint undergraduate programmes with Departments in the Faculties of Engineering and Design, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences.