The Research Strategy Committee took into account (through recommendations made by the College's REF Equality Panel) the possibility of volume of research output being limited where an individual was employed on a part-time, flexible and/or fixed term basis.

For more information on Staff Disclosure of Personal Circumstances please refer to the College's REF Submission Code of Practice.

The following personal circumstances were also taken into account:

  • Absence due to maternity/paternity/adoption leave
  • Constraints relating to pregnancy, maternity, breastfeeding, paternity, adoption or childcare in addition to the period of maternity, adoption or additional paternity leave taken.
  • Staff new to the academic profession, entering into it during the period 1 January 2008 to 31 October 2013
  • Early Career Researchers (started career as an independent researcher on or after 1 August 2009).
  • Disability, including temporary incapacity that lasts for at least 12 months.  This includes employees with cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and HIV from the point of diagnosis from October 2006
  • Absence due to ill-health or injury
  • Mental health conditions
  • Time spent as a carer or other domestic caring commitments
  • Other circumstances relating to the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation
  • Prolonged absence (typically more than 6 months consecutively in the assessment period) which was agreed by the individual with the College but which does not fall into one of the other categories.  This could include secondment to non-academic positions outside the higher education sector or career breaks for purposes unconnected with research, teaching or other academic duties
  • Part time work

The College did not take account of:  

  • Sabbaticals, funded by the College or an external funder, during which the individual has, or should have, undertaken research.
  • Managerial or administrative positions or responsibilities held during the assessment period.

In addition, health and safety restrictions imposed on pregnant and breastfeeding women which may have prevented them from undertaking some types of research during the relevant period of assessment could also be considered as was restrictions that pregnancy and nursing might place on fieldwork.

All criteria used was assessed to ensure that it did not either directly or indirectly discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic such as part time, flexible or fixed term working.

Documented evidence was recorded to justify selection for REF submission.

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