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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Updated 1/04/21

We are delighted to announce that BU has made a submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. The REF is hugely important to the university in terms of both funding and reputation.

The submission represents a significant achievement, involving many staff across the university over the past seven years. Congratulations to all colleagues who have worked so hard and contributed to our REF2021 submission. See the BU staff intranet for statistics and how BU’s research capacity has grown substantially.

Preparation for submission has been a substantial team effort, spanning the whole university. However, particular note should be given to the UOA Leadership Teams consisting of UOA Leads, Impact and Output Champions and the Research Development and Support (RDS) REF Team who brought the submission together and ensured adherence to our BU REF2021 Code of Practice.

Of course, contributions go much further than this. Each member of staff who has contributed to an impact case study, produced a research output, mentored a colleague, supervised a doctoral student, led a research project, and/or taken on additional duties to enable a colleague to undertake research, has contributed to the submission. In addition, numerous colleagues from Professional Services have been involved in checking and preparing data for the submission, sourcing outputs, and advising on guidance and content.

The REF results will be available in spring 2022. However, results aside, this submission provides for a moment of reflection and recognition for our collective achievements in growing research activity and excellence across the whole university, which will have positive benefits for years to come in terms of inspiring learning, advancing knowledge and enriching society.