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Research excellence framework 2021


Research and teaching is what makes us a university

Through our research we are tackling societal problems and transforming the lives of individuals and organisations in the region and beyond.

Improving our activity in Research and Academic Enterprise is a key theme of our current strategy.

REF 2021 at Leeds Beckett

Professor Andrew Slade & Professor Cathy Barnes

What is REF 2021?

REF 2021 is the Research Excellence Framework, administered by Research England. It is the current system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and happens every 7 years. It is scheduled for 2021 but in reality, much of the preparation will happen between now and 2020, when we have to provide our evidence.

Why does it matter?

Our results from the REF will determine the university’s funding from QR, impact upon our league tables and impact the reputation we have as a university. It is very important to us to perform well across the three elements that are assessed: the quality of our outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions), our impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports our research.

What is the code of practice?

Every university that intends to submit to REF 2021 is required to develop, document and apply a code of practice on the fair and transparent identification of staff with significant responsibility for research; determining who is an independent researcher; and the selection of outputs.

We want to make sure that the processes reported in our REF code of practice are as fair and transparent as possible and we are keen to listen to your views. We will be consulting widely with all colleagues over the next few months through discussion groups and an online survey.

We are consulting widely with all colleagues over the next few months through discussion groups and an online survey. Staff can access the consultation here.

Thank you in advance for the part you’ll play in this very important process.

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