Research Excellence Framework: HEI Consultation Events

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The four UK higher education funding bodies are consulting on Guidance on submissions and Panel criteria for assessment, for the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

What are the REF consultation events?

The funding bodies will be holding three events for HEI representatives during the consultation period. They will offer HEIs the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft framework and assessment criteria from an institutional perspective. The day will include presentations, plenary and facilitated discussions, opportunities for comment and question and answer sessions. The events will include representatives from the REF main and advisory panels, members of the REF Team, and opportunities for networking over lunch.

Please note that formal feedback on the consultation documents should be made through the online form. For more information about the consultation and how to respond please see the REF news page.

Who can attend the events?

UK HEIs may register a maximum of two delegates for the events in total (not per event). The agenda for each event will be the same.

Whilst these events are aimed at HEIs, they are part of a wider range of consultation activities taking place throughout the consultation period, which will provide other opportunities for engagement. In addition to inviting individuals, subject bodies and other organisations with an interest in research to feedback formally through the consultation survey (see above), we will also be running a series of webinars in September with each of the main panel chairs, focusing on the Panel criteria and working methods. These are open to all interested parties. For information about the webinars please visit the REF website.

How to book

Before registering for an event, individuals are advised to get in touch with their institutional REF contact (see Where more than two individuals from one HEI are registered for an event, the REF team will consult with the relevant institutional contact to confirm a maximum of two attendees.

The REF consultation event dates and locations are listed below. Please select your chosen date/location to register attendance from the 'Register' link at the top of the page.

Booking closes on Wednesday 5th September

Friday 14th September, 1000*-1600: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, EH1 1SD

Thursday 20th September, 1000*-1600: Crowne Plaza Kensington, London, SW7 4ER

Wednesday 26 September, 1000*-1600: The Studio, Leeds, LS1 4AW

Please note that dates marked as ‘booking closed’ may still have places available. If you would like to attend an event which is closed for booking please email with your request.

*Registration for all events will open from 0930.

Further queries

All queries about the REF consultation and consultation events should be emailed to:

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