RAE extended by a year
The self-evaluation of KTH's research (RAE 2020) will be extended by one year. The decision is due to the development of the new coronavirus, which makes it difficult to complete the process as planned without compromising quality.
KTH's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was started in 2019, and was scheduled to end in January 2021. Due to the prevailing circumstances surrounding the new coronavirus, KTH's management has made the decision to extend the process by one year. This is partly due to the fact that the external peer-review assessment scheduled for August, when experts were due to visit KTH, cannot be carried out digitally in a way that achieves as high quality as a physical Visit Week.
In August, the self-evaluations prepared during the spring will instead be reviewed in an internal process led by Dean of Faculty Anders Forsgren, while the external peer-review assessment will be moved to August 2021. Annika Stensson Trigell, Vice President for Research and Research Leader for RAE, states that the extension will give KTH the opportunity to provide even better supporting information to the external experts.
"The feedback in the internal process will allow the content of the self-evaluations in spring 2021 to be even more comprehensive. We will be able to delve more deeply into important areas and work to improve our factual data for the analyses", says Annika Stensson Trigell.
An extended process provides several benefits, including that KTH has more time to further refine its self-evaluations.
"The extension of RAE means that we can work on our joint quality management practices for a longer period of time, and with more analysis and feedback before the external peer-review assessment. We will therefore be even better prepared for our external peer-review assessment in August 2021", says Annika Stensson Trigell.