REF CoP consultation period ends

Northumbria University’s consultation exercise around its Research Excellence Framework (REF) Code of Practice has come to an end.

There was an encouraging degree of interest in the Code, with well over 500 individual visits to the consultation page on the University website.  All suggestions and potential amendments will be reported to the REF Advisory Group at its next (monthly) meeting.

The purpose of the Code is to ensure that decisions about who and what is submitted to the REF are made in a way that is transparent and objective, and complies with equalities legislation.  This entails both legal and moral obligations, which all must be meshed with decisions that enable the University to present its research in the best possible way for REF purposes.

The final version must be submitted to HEFCE by July 31st 2012.

The current version of the Code of Practice can be found here.    (Details of HEFCE’s requirements of the Code can be found in Part 4 of the document here )