Ulster University REF

REF 2021 - Research Excellence Framework

Welcome to Ulster University’s REF website. These pages are designed to help us in our preparations for REF2021 and will be adapted and added to as we work towards our REF submission.

REF 2021 updates from Ulster University


REF 2021 Open Access Policy: An Update on the Deposit Timeframe

From 1 April 2018 the REF 2021 Open Access policy will require outputs (journal articles and conference proceedings with an ISSN) to be deposited as soon after the point of acceptance as possible, and no later than three months after this date.

14 March 2018
REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs

REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs

Latest from HEFCE on REF 2021

25 January 2018
Thinking differently for REF 2021
External Media

Thinking differently for REF 2021

REF 2021 will require a change in mindset to understand the approach to submissions.

18 January 2018
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Research & Impact Strategy 2017-2022

Our Research & Impact Strategy 2017-2022 supports Ulster University’s vision to deliver globally significant research with local relevance and to make a positive contribution to society.


Second Research Excellence Framework

Read Ulster’s response to the Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

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REF 2021 events at Ulster University


Winning Research Awards Using Emotional Intelligence

Wednesday 21 March

Time 10:00 to 15:00

Location Jordanstown campus

RIGOUR Event...


Post awards - what happens next?

Friday 4 May

Time 10:00 to 13:00

Location Jordanstown campus

RIGOUR Event...

Research is...

Getting closer to the truth, asking the right question, problem solving, the best thing ever…

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