Research Excellence Framework 2021
Research Excellence Framework
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.
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.