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This page contains useful information and links regarding the Research Excellence Framework (REF) which will take place in 2021 based on submissions being made by the deadline of 27 November 2020.

What the REF means to me

Main Sources of Information

REF2021 Home

University REF Pages

Information Collection

The majority of the information required from individual researchers will be collected using the University's research information system, Symplectic Elements. Although guidance will be provided for any specific actions you will be asked to take, those of you less familiar with this system may find it helpful to review the guidance available in the Research Information Moodle site.


As the University prepares for REF, researchers and those supporting research across the Collegiate University will be asked to offer their thoughts and opinions on the approaches taken.  Details of those consultation exercises will be posted here.

REF2021 Code of Practice

Details of the University's Code of Practice can be found on the REF2021 website where you can also download the Working Methods document for Unit of Assessment (UoA) 33: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies.