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Responses should be submitted online by noon on Friday 17 March 2017.


The consultation sets out proposals on how to implement the next Research Excellence Framework, building on the REF 2014 and incorporating the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF.

It includes proposals intended to reduce the burden associated with the REF process while maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence.

These include recommendations relating to:

  • the submission of staff and outputs
  • the approach to the assessment of impact
  • the introduction of an institutional level assessment.

Respond to the consultation

We invite responses from higher education institutions (HEIs) and any other groups and organisations with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research.

Read the consultation document and supporting information

Respond to the consultation online

Attend a consultation event or sign up for a webinar

Page last updated 8 December 2016