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Our Approach to REF 2021

We welcomed the reforms to REF that followed the Stern review. As captured in our code of practice, our approach has emphasised ‘collective excellence’.

Collective and diverse research excellence

This means:

  • all eligible colleagues included in the return
  • transparent declaration of circumstances that may have affected the outputs of each UoA
  • commitment to not consider individual contributions to REF submission, in particular when reviewing individual performance or promotion

Our research environment

We welcome the chance in REF2021 to describe the institutional research environment. We also look at the environment within each of our UoAs.

We'll publish the Institutional Level Environment Statement when the REF assessment is complete. Some highlights include:

Visibly leading - our collective and diverse research excellence.