Policies and strategies:

Institute Assessment Exercise 2005-2006

Animal health & welfare

Institute for Animal Health report (PDF 123KB)

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Roslin Institute report (PDF 162KB)

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Sustainable agriculture & land use

Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research report (PDF 167KB)

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John Innes Centre report (PDF 160KB)

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Rothamsted Research report (PDF 147KB)

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Biomedical and food sciences

Babraham Institute report (PDF 180KB)

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Institute of Food Research report (PDF 168KB)

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The Institute Assessment Exercise (IAE) is our five-yearly assessment of the institutes on the excellence of the science and how each is meeting its strategic objectives. It includes assessments across all institute activities, including postgraduate and fellowship research training, knowledge transfer, and science and society.

Institute research programmes are assessed by Visiting Groups that are made up of independent experts, representative of academic scientists and each institute's end-user community, and are chaired by a member of BBSRC Council.

Institute research programmes were assessed in three categories: BBSRC-funded; externally funded; and mixed.

Where an element of BBSRC funding was involved quality of science was of overriding importance; these were assessed similarly to grant applications.

Where external funding was involved key considerations were 'fitness for purpose', needs of the funder and broader strategic relevance.

Where Defra/Food Standards Agency were major external funders, the Department and Agency were represented on the Visiting Group.