Launch of Kent Debates: The Future of Research Assessment – Peer Review vs. Metrics


Kent Business School is proud to have launched the first in its academic debate series ‘Kent Debates’. The first event featured lively discussions around the future of research assessment.

Professor of Operational Research and Systems at Kent Business School, John Mingers, explains: ‘The debate was about a very important topic, how university research is evaluated (leading to the creation of league tables) – by peer review (the great and the good subjectively judging) or by bibliometrics – the number of citations that academic’s research attracts.’

A number of high-profile speakers participated in the event including:

Professor Paul Edwards – View presentation.

Professor Eleonora Belfiore – View presentation.

Professor Liz Allen – View presentation.

Professor Anne-Wil HarzingView presentation.

Professor Loet Leydesdorff – View presentation.

Professor Thed van Leeuwen – View presentation.

Professor John Mingers – View presentation.

All are world-leading figures in the field of bibliometrics.

David Pride from the Open University attended the debate: ‘I attended the session and found it both an enlightening and informative day all round. I am a fairly new PhD research student at the Knowledge Media Institute (Open University), my thesis topic is identifying new ways of measuring research impact so the event was extremely pertinent.’

The event took place in The Sibson Building, the new state-of-the-art academic home for Kent Business School on the Canterbury campus.

Congratulations to everyone involved from all at Kent Business School.

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