Lund University's Research Quality Evaluation Project 2020

100% of the subject panel reports submitted!

This is an exciting week for the RQ20 Office. Yesterday marked the deadline for submitting the subject panel reports and lo and behold, all reports were submitted on time. The RQ20-administration is therefore in possession of 32 subject panel reports of which 15 have been either forwarded to the UoAs for fact check or are awaiting their final revised submission by the panels. 17 reports have already been re-submitted in their final fact checked version. We applaud the external advisors for their punctual effort!

Alongside our anticipation for the report submission, the RQ20 team have also initiated the preparatory pre-meetings with the transversal panels. Last week we met with the University Management where it was agreed that the transversal meetings should be organised online rather than on site. This is unfortunate, but with the memory still very much alive from the subject panel meetings in May, we hope to, with aid from LU Conferences, arrange for equally fruitful online-sessions. The pre-meetings are therefore devoted to discussing the new format with the advisors and figure out how to best conduct the meetings in a digital set-up.

We are also in the midst of collecting additional background information for the transversal panels, as requested by the advisors. The advisors in the transversal panel for recruitment have for instance asked for information on the recruitment process, on both faculty and central level, as well as some rudimentary statistics.

Last but not least, the production of the final RQ20 report is progressing nicely. Yesterday, in addition to the report deadline for the subject panels, marked the deadline for the faculties to submit, in writing, the rationale behind the constitution of their subject panels and UoAs. As you may remember, this task was handed to the faculties in early 2019, and the logic behind the allocation of researchers into panels and UoAs therefore differ. Some faculties opted to organise the panels and UoAs in accordance with the line organisation, i.e. based on departmental och institutional affiliation, others opted to compose more “theme-based” panels and UoAs with the common denominator being research areas. As this may affect the premise on which UoAs are evaluated, for instance joint leadership structures etc., this information is key to comprehend the objects (UoAs) under scrutiny.

Looking ahead, we can easily say that the RQ20 project enjoy an intense and exciting forecast this autumn!

/Malin, Freddy and Mats


September 2, 2020

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