Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the periodic assessment of research across the higher education sector in the UK.

In REF2021, our research will be assessed with respect to its outputs, impact and our environment. In late 2020, GCU is likely to submit to up to 9 Units of Assessment. This will involve identifying ‘Staff with Significant Responsibility for Research’, and, from that, our ‘Category A Submitted’ staff, as well as how we will assess the outputs of the latter group. Each Higher Education Institution intending to submit to the REF is required to agree with the funders (in our case, Scottish Funding Council) a Code of Practice for how to go about these tasks.

The Draft GCU Code of Practice for REF2021.

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