I see that the outcomes of the latest universities research assessment exercise [ie, the REF: research excellence framework] have been published today. Thank goodness not to be involved in this. It's a major plus of retirement; indeed the thought of having to do it all again was a driver of early retirement in 2010. I found it such a dispiriting experience over many years especially thinking how many zillions of hours went into it – hours that might have been better spent on research and publishing. What do I mean "might".
Anyway, I devoted 15 minutes to seeing how various education departments fared across the UK. In the end, I rather thought 15 minutes was enough – plus the 5 minutes I've spent writing this.
So, here's to the next one when I confidently expect to spend even less time on it; now, that's a good plan!