SHU Preparations

To prepare for the REF, internal research assessment exercises are run at 18 month intervals. These:

  • Allow members of staff who have produced outputs within the census dates to submit the ones they believe to be the highest quality for review and feedback. This is designed to be a constructive and developmental experience for individual researchers
  • Give local research co-ordinators a comprehensive picture of the quality and quantity of research going on, to help inform strategic decisions and build towards the final REF submission

 Mini-REF/Drafting Timetable

January 2014 – June 2015 Mini-REF 2015 census period
Summer – Autumn 2015 Mini-REF 2015 reviewing period
July 2015 – December 2016 Mini-REF 2017 census period
Winter – Spring 2017 Mini-REF 2017 reviewing period
January 2017 – August 2018 First Draft census period
September – November 2018 First Draft reviewing period
September 2018 – June 2019 Second Draft census period
July – September 2019 Second Draft reviewing period
July – December 2019 Third Draft census period
January – March 2020 Third Draft reviewing period
April – November 2020 Final Drafting
November 2020 Final REF 2021 submission

Code of Practice

For each REF the University produces a Code of Practice. This sets out how it manages issues such as inclusion and selection of outputs in a fair and transparent way, and ensures equality and diversity is embedded into processes.

The Code of Practice for REF 2021 will be submitted to Research England in June 2019. Staff consultation will be a central element of the development of the Code.