Sheffield Hallam has a timeline for its REF preparations.
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
|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 was submitted to Research England and has been approved.