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REF 2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The outcome of REF informs the funding the University receives from Research England to fund our research. 

The final internal deadline for submissions is 29 January 2021, and guidance for the preparation of these submissions can be found on the REF Preparation page.

The REF 2021 submission has been postponed to 31 March 2021. For further details please see the information on 

REF Update - last updated June 22

The deadline for submissions to the REF from UK higher education institutions is 31 March 2021 (see update above). See the University's timeline for preparing for the REF

Find more information about REF 2021.

You may also wish to subscribe to the REFNEWS email alert to receive updates via jiscmail as new announcements are made.

Who to contact in RSPO?

Name Job title Role description

Ed Kirby


REF manager
  • Operational lead for the University's submission for REF2021
  • Guidance on the interpretation of REF requirements
  • Advises on REF2021 related issues and queries
  • REF technical contact for the University

Anna Grey


Research Strategy & Policy Manager
  • Strategic oversight of REF
  • Guidance on the interpretation of REF requirements
  • REF institutional contact for the University

Linda Ko Ferrigno


University Impact Manager
  • Advises on policy issues relating to REF2021 Impact Case Studies
  • Oversees the preparation of impact case studies

Ali McManus


Research Strategy & Policy Officer (Management Information)
  • Project lead for Pure, the University‚Äôs Research Information System
  • Advises on reporting (for example, Pure and SciVal)

Rhiannon Evans

Central REF Support Administrator  

Jacqui Sbragia

Sciences REF Support Administrator  

Billy Brooke

Social Sciences REF Support Administrator