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Research Strategy Office


The University is beginning its preparations for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF). The date of the next REF is not yet known, but it is likely to be 2020 (i.e. submission late in 2019).

Some REF actions need to be taken now - staff should note that:

  • information on impact should be being recorded in the Impact Repository;
  • papers and conference proceedings must be made open access by the author within three months of the date of the author-accepted manuscript or they will not be eligible for the REF (see

Findings from ongoing reviews of the University’s REF 2014 impact submission are summarised in "Impact case studies: Lessons learned from REF 2014"

Please consult the University's REF website for more information.