This area of the website will be used to keep you up-to-date with the preparation of the College's REF submission. HEFCE's REF website provides a full range of detailed information and documentation on how REF 2014 is being organised - however we have provided some of the key HEFCE documents as well as College REF documents in our REF Resources area.
Preparing our REF submission
Work on the College’s REF submission is now well underway within academic departments and the relevant professional services departments. This involves activities such as evaluating research outputs, validating research environment data, drafting impact case studies and activities relating to individual staff circumstances.
College REF Code of Practice
The College's submission will be prepared in compliance with its Code of Practice on the Selection of Staff for Submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The Code has been approved by HEFCE.
The Code provides the principles governing our submission and describes in detail how we are organising our submission and the roles and responsibilities of the various groups and individuals concerned with this work.
Your copy of the Code
A copy of the Code has been emailed to all REF eligible members of staff. Printed copies have also been mailed to home postal addresses registered with HR. You can also download copies of the Code from here.
UoA Statements and Quality Thresholds
Statements and quality thresholds have been prepared for each submitting unit - you can download copies from the UoA information table.
Individual staff circumstances
To ensure that REF processes are fair, the College is collecting data on individual circumstances from all staff eligible for submission. The data will be used to identify which staff are eligible for submission with fewer than four outputs. Summary level data collected may also inform the College’s monitoring of staff selection procedures at the institutional level.
For more information on Individual Staff Circumstances and the disclosure form, please go the the Individual Staff Circumstances section.
If you think you have experienced circumstances which may have significantly constrained your ability to produce four outputs or to work productively throughout the REF assessment period, the College strongly recommends that you declare them. All information declared will be handled in the strictest confidence and within College will be confined to the Individual Staff Circumstances panel.
We have prepared a section on REF eligibility which should help you to determine whether you meet the HEFCE REF eligibility criteria.
Do I need to do anything now?
Some of you may already be involved in some of the College's REF preparatory activities. However, all individual members of academic staff should now:
check that your Pure profile is up-to-date. Our research information system Pure will be the only source of information on publications and research outputs for REF purposes. It is essential that you keep the bibliographic information in your Pure profile up-to-date .
Professor Paul Hogg
Vice-Principal, Research and Enterprise