The College’s Research Strategy Committee is the main body in the College for advising, discussing, implementing and monitoring research strategy, policy and regulations. It was responsible for making the final selection of research outputs and impact case studies for REF submission.

Each member of this Committee underwent relevant Equality & Diversity training, tailored to the needs and requirements of the REF process. For more information about the composition of this Committee, please refer to the Code of Practice page.

All employees involved in research were considered for submission to the REF regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any other characteristic such as part time, flexible or fixed term working.

In deciding upon the inclusion of any employee in a proposed submission, careful consideration was given to the research output of that individual and any factors which might have influenced this.  Employees were invited to cite any personal circumstances (see Guidance on Personal Circumstances) that they wished to be taken into account in arriving at any selection decision. 

Selection for submission was undertaken systematically and candidates matched against the specified criteria with decisions made by an appropriate group of staff. 

Selection was based upon the following specified criteria:

  • Papers were assessed on an ongoing basis by peer review as well as assessment against HEFCE’s published definition of quality. There was a requirement to submit four papers of international quality at least as defined by REF guidance on submissions.
  • Individuals could be returned with fewer than four outputs without penalty in the assessment, where their individual circumstances (see Guidance on Personal Circumstances) have significantly constrained their ability to produce four outputs or to work productively throughout the assessment period, but have produced excellent research.

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