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Consultation on draft panel criteria and working methods

July 2011

This document sets out the draft assessment criteria and working methods of the REF 2014 panels, for consultation. The finalised criteria and working methods will be published in early 2012.

To: Heads of publicly funded higher education institutions in the UK
Academic subject associations
Organisations with an interest in commissioning or using academic research, including businesses, public sector bodies, charities and other third-sector organisations
Of interest to those responsible for: Research
Reference: REF 03.2011
Publication date: July 2011
Enquiries to: Anna Dickinson, tel 0117 931 7477,
e-mail info@ref.ac.uk

Table of contents and executive summary (read online)



Contents


Executive summary

Purpose

1.   This document sets out the draft assessment criteria and working methods of the main and sub-panels for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), for consultation.

2.   The final panel criteria and working methods will be published in early 2012. Taken together with '2011-02' (REF 02.2011), which was published earlier this month, they give a comprehensive description of the information required in submissions to the REF, and how the REF panels will assess submissions.

Key points

3.   The REF is a process of expert review. Expert sub-panels for each of 36 units of assessment (UOAs) will carry out the assessment, working under the leadership and guidance of four main panels.

4.   UK higher education institutions (HEIs) will be invited to make submissions by 29 November 2013. The REF main and sub-panels will assess submissions during 2014, and results will be published in December 2014. The results will inform the allocation of research funding by the UK higher education funding bodies, from 2015-16.

5.   This document sets out a generic statement of criteria and panel procedures (Part 1), and a statement of the criteria and working methods of each of the four main panels (Part 2).

6.   Please respond to this consultation by Wednesday 5 October 2011 using the online form.

Further information

7.   Further information about the REF is available.

8.   Enquiries from members of staff at UK higher education institutions should be directed in the first instance to their institutional REF contact. These contacts for each institution are listed on the REF web-site.

9.   Other enquiries should be addressed to info@ref.ac.uk.