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Research assessment exercise culminates in panel visits – the results bring long-term benefits

Published on 20.6.2022
Tampere University
Panelists in a group photo at Tampere University.International experts – who are scholars in the assessed fields in accordance with the principles of peer review – came to work in panels to assess research conducted at Tampere University. (Photograph: Jonne Renvall/Tampere University).
Tampere University’s international Research Assessment Exercise TAU RAE 2022 was carried out as a peer review. Assessment panels consisting of international experts visited Tampere University on 13–17 June 2022. The panellists handed over their first phase reports to the University at the end of the visit. Tampere University will use the information obtained in the assessment to develop research while it also gets advice on how to further improve the quality of research.

Research conducted at Tampere University was assessed by three panels for technology, health, and society. The assessed units are located at the faculties, and they decided in which panel they wanted to be assessed.

According to Tapio Visakorpi, Vice President for Research, the purpose of the assessment is to get an idea of how good Tampere University’s research is compared to the international level.

“The assessment also provides important insights and recommendations on how we can further improve the quality of research,” Visakorpi says.

At the end of the panel visit week, the international panellists handed over their first-phase reports. Faculties and units will use the reports when they make plans to develop research. The development measures are related to annual planning.

The second phase of the assessment will be conducted in autumn 2022.

At that time, the Chairs of the panels give feedback and share their views on research support measures that Tampere University can apply across the University. 

“The results of both the first and second phases of the assessment will be used long-term in the coming years. The assessment is also likely to provide insights that we can use to update our strategy. Updating will begin next autumn,” Vice President Visakorpi says.

Further information:
Tapio Visakorpi, Vice President for Research, Tampere University