REF21 Code of Practice

As required by Research England, the University has developed a Code of Practice for the preparation of the REF21 submission. The draft below has been developed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Professor, Tim Softley, in collaboration with REF Board (which includes Heads of College and College Directors of Research) and the Head of Research Planning .

The University's REF code of practice has been submitted to Research England for approval. The most up to date version can be found below. 

Information on the code of practice

 More information on the REF guidance can be found on the REF21 web pages

If you have any questions about this process or about REF generally you can contact Elizabeth Westlake, Head of Research Planning or Karen Kay, Deputy Head of Research Planning

Information on applying for a reduction in outputs

The University is committed to supporting all of its staff in their research careers, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity status, race, or religion or belief.  At the same time, it is recognised that an individual’s capacity to undertake research may be affected by a number of circumstances. Such circumstances might include, but are not limited to, career stage, caring responsibilities, one or more periods of parental leave, illness (mental or physical), part-time working, and/or whether an individual is on a fixed-term or a permanent contract.

Academic colleagues who will be returned to REF and believe they may eligible for a reduction in outputs due to special circumstances are invited to voluntarily disclose such circumstances in line with those described in Appendix 4 of the Code of Practice.

The application form should be emailed to


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