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We invite responses from higher education institutions and other groups and organisations with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research. Please respond by noon on Friday 17 March 2017 using the online form.

Executive summary

Purpose

1. This document sets out the proposals of the four UK higher education funding bodies for the second Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions. The proposals seek to build on the first REF conducted in 2014, and to incorporate the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF.

Key points

2. The four UK higher education funding bodies are consulting on detailed arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework. We propose an overall approach based on REF 2014, incorporating the principles of Lord Stern’s Independent Review, and subject to changes that may be made in responses to this consultation.

3. The full set of consultation questions is available at Annex A.

4. We invite responses from higher education institutions and other groups and organisations with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research. This includes businesses, government and public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations.

Action required

5. Responses to the consultation should be made using the online form provided below by noon on Friday 17 March 2017.

 

NB The version of this consultation originally published gave an erroneous date in paragraph 68 for the commencement of the open access policy. This has now been corrected. 

Respond to the consultation online

Respond to the consultation online

Downloads

Report

Download the Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework as PDF (829 KB)

Download the Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework as MS Word (1,573 KB)

Word version of the consultation response form

We have published a Word version of the online form to help respondents prepare their responses before they submit them. We will only analyse responses received through the online form. Do not submit responses using the Word document. 

Download the Word version of the consultation response form as MS Word (193 KB)

List of nominating bodies (for Question 6)

Download the REF_2014_list_of_nominating_bodies as PDF (717 KB)

Download the REF_2014_list_of_nominating_bodies as MS Word (155 KB)

Date: 8 December 2016

Ref: HEFCE 2016/36

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions, Heads of universities in Northern Ireland
Heads of higher education institutions in Scotland, Heads of higher education institutions in Wales, Organisations with an interest in commissioning and using academic research including businesses, public sector bodies, charities and other third sector organisations, Individuals and organisations with an interest in research assessment in higher education

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Research, Planning

Enquiries should be directed to:

Anna Lang, tel 0117 931 7302, email researchpolicy@hefce.ac.uk.