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Research Excellence Framework 2021

Preparations for REF 2021 are well underway at the OU.

The University’s ambition and anticipated performance in REF2021 is articulated in the 2018-2023 Research & Enterprise Plan (internal only).

An internal Mock REF excercise recently reviewed The Open University's (OU) anticipated Unit of Assessment (UOA) submissions. It confirmed the provisional size and shape of the institutional and UOA-level submissions and feedback from the Mock will inform UOA priorities for the remaining period up to REF2021 submission.

The OU REF2021 Code of Practice will be published on the Research England’s REF 2021 website (not yet available) alongside those of other universities. As well as covering the governance arrangements for REF 2021 at the OU, it details the approach and processes by which the University will run its internal preparations and generate its REF submission.

Key milestones and deliverables can be viewed in the REF Timetable (internal only). Key Research England milestones are listed in Annex E (page 92) of the Guidance on Submissions.

Key REF2021 documentation published by Research England can be found on the REF website.