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Research Excellence Framework 2021

The OU has now made its submission to REF 2021 (by the 31 March 2021 deadline) and we have now entered the REF 2021 audit and assessment phase. REF 2021 outcomes are due to be published in April 2022.

The University’s ambition and anticipated performance in REF 2021 is articulated in the 2018-2023 Research & Enterprise Plan (internal only).

All institutions participating in REF 2021 were required to develop, document and apply a REF 2021 Code of Practice (CoP) covering the governance arrangements for REF 2021 at the OU, and the approach and processes by which the University would run its internal preparations and generate its REF submission.

The CoP, originally approved by Research England in summer 2019, was updated due to changes required in response to Covid-19 and assessed and re-approved by Research England in November 2019. The final version of the CoP has been published on the Research England’s REF 2021 website alongside those of other HEIs.

The CoP includes the OU’s provisions for handling REF-related data of non-OU staff and related Privacy Notice (within Appendix 9).

Key REF 2021 documentation published by Research England can be found on the REF website.