18 Oct 2011

Research evaluation stakes high

9:20 am on 18 October 2011

Victoria University says it stands to lose $3 million if just one of its academics fails to make the grade in a national evaluation of research in tertiary institutions.

The Tertiary Education Union is dismissing the suggestion and says a letter to a university staff member on the matter is a sign of hysteria about the assessment.

The university says the figure relates to institutional funding, not to money allocated to individuals.

It says the point it made, in a letter to a staff member, is that individual performance matters to overall ranking.

But the union says Victoria University is wrong, and a single under-performing staff member would cost the institution no more than a few thousand dollars.