The Research Excellence Framework is the UK's system for assessing the quality of research in UK universities. The results of each REF exercise are used by Research England to determine the amount of annual quality related (QR) research allocated to each university. QR funding plays an invaluable role in higher education as it enables universities to invest in new areas of research, new facilities and training and development to support their researchers.
Bournemouth University is currently preparing its return for REF2021, which will be submitted in November 2020. Results will be published in 2021.
Who to contact at BU
If you're a Bournemouth University researcher who would like to know more about how to prepare for the REF, please contact the relevant member of staff from our Research Development & Support Team:
- Shelly Anne Stringer, REF Manager,
- Amanda Edwards, Impact Officer for the Faculty of Science & Technology,
- Amanda Lazar, Impact Officer for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences,
- Brian McNulty, Impact Officer for the Faculty of Media & Communication,
- Matthew Fancy, Impact Officer for the Faculty of Management.
BU's Code of Practice
As part of the REF 2021 exercise, each university must develop a Code of Practice which outlines how they will identify which staff have responsibility for research, who is classed as an independent researcher and how outputs will be selected for submission.
BU's Code of Practice was accepted by Research England November 2019 and can be downloaded here.