The Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the national quality assessment process assessing research in UK universities, using expert peer review and key indicators. The last REF exercise was 2014 and the next assessment is expected to take place in 2020. Staffordshire University has now started preparatory work for the next Research Excellence Framework exercise. The University has undertaken an initial assessment of research activity and have commenced discussions with Faculties.
From April 2016 HEFCE have stipulated that publications will need to be in an open access repository for submission in the next REF exercise. Therefore colleagues should continue to use the University’s STORE (ePrints) Repository to record REF-able publications. This system can be accessed via Support and guidance is available via

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