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REF 2021

Find out how we're preparing for the Research Excellence Framework 2021

Our Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF 2021) preparations are led by our REF Steering Committee, coordinated by our REF Operations Group, and administered by a REF Team in our Research and Innovation Services (RIS) department. 


Code of Practice


All institutions are required to develop a Code of Practice for REF 2021, setting out their approach to the identification of staff and selection of outputs for submission to this exercise.

This code outlines our policies and processes for:

  • Identifying staff with significant responsibility for research
  • Assessing research independence
  • Selecting outputs for REF 2021
  • Supporting staff with personal circumstances
  • Informing staff of the appeals process

The policies and processes set out in this Code were developed through consultation with staff at all levels across the University and with staff representative groups – including University and College Union (UCU) representatives, who gave their agreement to this Code of Practice.

Open access

To be eligible for REF, Research England’s Open Access (OA) Policy requires that journal and conference articles are open access. This policy applies to articles accepted for publication from 1 April 2016. To meet the conditions of this policy, our research staff must upload a copy of their articles to our research portal as soon as they're accepted for publication. 

Contact us

If you'd like more information about REF 2021, please visit ref.ac.uk. If you have questions about our preparations for REF 2021, please contact ref@port.ac.uk.

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