REF 2021 Code of Practice

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) ‘Guidance on submissions’ (REF 2019/01) requires that each institution submitting to the REF develops, documents and applies a Code of Practice on the fair and transparent identification of staff with significant responsibility for research; determining who is an independent researcher; and the selection of outputs, including approaches to supporting staff with circumstances.

Ulster's Code of Practice aims to ensure that all members of University staff are aware of the processes that have been put in place in preparation for our submission to the REF and sets out the positive steps we are taking to ensure the identification of staff and the selection of outputs for inclusion in our REF return is completed in a transparent, consistent, accountable and inclusive manner.

Our Code of Practice and the processes therein have been developed through an iterative consultative process.  We have aimed to secure the engagement of our entire research community through a series of consultations on the code. We have also consulted with members of our REF 2021 Steering Committee which has overseen the development of the code and includes representation from every REF 2021 Unit of Assessment.

The Code of Practice has now been submitted to the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) for approval and we will be notified of the outcome in early autumn.  All submitted and approved codes of practice will be published before the REF submission deadline (the provisional publication date is December 2019).

To download a copy of Ulster's draft Code of Practice please click here.