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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

The University's website for the next REF is under construction and we will provide you with more information as soon as possible.