REF 2021 Code of Practice: Consultation now open

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

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Taking place roughly every six or seven years, the results are used to provide information about the quality of a university's research for external benchmarking and the allocation of research funding.

For the REF 2021 submission, all institutions are required to submit a code of practice to the funding bodies’ equality and diversity advisory panel for approval.

The code covers important aspects of submission preparation, such as identifying staff whose work is eligible for inclusion, selecting outputs and taking account of individual staff circumstances in a fair and transparent manner.

Your views

Before submitting our code of practice we’re seeking comments and feedback from academic and research colleagues on the current draft.

Download the draft University of Leeds REF 2021 Code of Practice

For those who prefer to give feedback face to face, we’re running three drop-in sessions. There is no need to book – just turn up.

Weds 27 March  10-11am Charles Thackrah Building, SR2 (room 1.02)
Tues 2 April  11-12pm G03 Baines Wing
 Weds 10 April  2-3pm Worsley Building SR 8.43 (room Y)

Alternatively, responses, comments or questions about the code can be sent to

The consultation period closes at noon on Thursday 18 April. The code will then be finalised by Senate, before it is submitted to the funding bodies’ equality and diversity advisory panel for approval on Friday 7 June 2019.   

You can read more about how we’re preparing for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) assessment on our in depth pages

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