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REF 2021

Preparations for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment are underway. 

Submission is due in November 2020.

REF is a robust and internationally-recognised exercise to measure the quality of UK university research.

It is conducted jointly by Research England (RE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE). It is managed by the REF team, based at RE, on behalf of the four UK HE funding bodies.

REF 2014 saw Leeds ranked in the UK's top ten universities for research and impact power.

The funding bodies have recently published draft documentation for consultation in summer 2018. The outcome of the consultation is expected in January 2019.

A total of 15 members of Leeds staff have been appointed to serve on the REF 2021 panels during the assessment phase. Further panel appointments will be made in 2020. 

Please refer to the REF 2021 website for further information, including panel membership. 


Register to attend REF2021 open meetings

Colleagues are invited to attend an open meeting to hear about the latest preparations for REF2021.

Register to attend REF 2021 meetings

Open meetings are being held to update colleagues about preparations for REF 2021.

REF 2021 Code of Practice now available

The University Code of Practice for REF 2021 has been approved by Senate and is now available for download.

REF 2021 Code of Practice: Consultation now open

Share your views on our draft code of practice before Thursday 18 April.

Register to attend REF2021 open meetings

The Research and Innovation Service is hosting a further round of open meetings for all colleagues regarding the University’s preparations for REF2021.

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