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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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REF 2021

About REF2021

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.

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. In October 2020, the Code of Practice was revised to to accommodate national changes to the REF exercise. It can be downloaded here.

Staff Data Collection Statement (Privacy Notice) for the REF 2021

The Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR require institutions to inform their staff and other stakeholders as to how data about them that are submitted to the REF will be used.

The notice below applies to current staff of Bournemouth University (BU) and to former BU staff of BU where we have included you in our REF submission in relation to outputs produced during your time at BU.  It can be downloaded in full here.

Non Staff Data Collection Statement for the REF 2021

The notice below applies to you because Bournemouth University (BU) may be including some information about you in our submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. It can be downloaded in full here.

The REF funding bodies have published a fair processing notice for staff submitted to REF 2021.

Further information is available on the University’s wider privacy policies.