The UOC has the opportunity to contribute to the process while also opening up a debate internally on the need to reform research assessment and how this reform should be designed and implemented.
What is the UOC's interest in signing this agreement?
An international forum in which to discuss, gain insights and get support as we work out and implement our internal reform measures.
A workspace for identifying and overcoming differences. New working groups will be created by discipline, institution and nationality.
Participation from the outset in discussions and working groups.
Ease of participating in specific calls (own or third party) and joint projects.
What has the UOC done so far and what does it aim to achieve?
In 2018, the UOC rolled out its Open Knowledge Action Plan to promote the concept of open science and expand it to the models it uses to evaluate and assess its research. Likewise it expressed its commitment to rethinking these evaluation models and moving towards a more qualitative form of assessment that embraces ongoing learning and transformation as objectives.
The UOC's long-term objective is to have a research assessment system in place that, in line with the European reform proposal, will:
Encourage quality research
Take into account the diversity of processes and results
Facilitate the diversity of academic profiles
Avoid discriminations in the current system
Adapt to the specific characteristics of the UOC
What internal implications will signing the agreement have?
By signing the agreement, the UOC pledges to draw up an action plan for 2024 to 2027 within one year. This action plan will be the institution's own and will take into account our starting point and our national and regional context.
Furthermore, after signing the agreement, the UOC would join CoARA and participate in its discussions and working groups.
How will we decide whether to join CoARA?
Informative phase for our academic staff.
Deliberative phase within the faculties and centres
Decision-making phase in the Academic Committee (15 November)