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Nominations Invited for Peer Review Panels

Nominations Invited for Peer Review Panels - Performance Based Research Fund

Nominations opened today for membership of the Peer Review Panels to be established to support the implementation of the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF).

“Nominations are being sought from suitably qualified people to serve as panel members or chairs on the eleven multi-disciplinary peer review panels,” said Dr West, Chair designate of the Tertiary Education Commission.

“The peer review panels are a key component of the PBRF. The panels will evaluate the quality of the research contributions of those involved in teaching degree-level programmes and/or undertaking research in tertiary education organisations. The peer review process will assess quality based on a variety of measures including research outputs, peer esteem factors and contribution to the development of new researchers and/or a vital high-quality research environment,” explained Dr West.

The overall aim of the fund is to promote the development of lively and productive research cultures producing high quality research, attractive and effective learning environments for students, and which are actively engaged with relevant communities. The fund will also provide real incentives for tertiary organisations to attract and develop Maori and Pacific researchers.

The opening of nominations follows the announcement earlier today by the Hon Steve Maharey, Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education), that the Government had accepted all the recommendations of an expert working group on how the Performance-Based Research Fund should work in New Zealand.

Nominations close on 3 January 2003 and more information can be found on the Transition Tertiary Education Commission website at http:// John Ryan, Project Manager, Transition Tertiary Education Commission O4 462 5360

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