Like many others working in the UK university sector, I’ve been working through the documentation associated with the REF 2021 Consultation over the last couple of weeks.
It’s a comprehensive package, covering all aspects of the next REF submission. As the OU’s Academic Lead for Engaged Research, my role has been to explore the aspects of the REF Consultation that relate to the impact agenda. This incorporates, unsurprisingly, the Impact submission, but also aspects of the Environment submission.
The consultation closes at 12 noon on 15th October 2018, so there’s plenty of time to contribute.
What follows here are a few initial thoughts about the timing of the consultation, and what this means for the short- and longer-term assessment of impact.