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Research Excellence Framework 2021

The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.  The current exercise will be concluded in April 2022, when outcomes of the peer review process are published.


REF 2021 submission

The university’s submission to REF 2021 was made on 29 March 2021. It involved submissions to the following Units of Assessment:

3 - Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
11 - Computer Science and Informatics
12 - Engineering
20 - Social Work and Social Policy
23 - Education
24 - Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
27 - English Language and Literature
32 - Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
34 - Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

REF 2021 Code of Practice

The University’s REF2021 Code of Practice has been developed following a University-wide consultation with staff and sets out the processes for determining:

Download the approved REF2021 Code of Practice (.pdf).

Data Collection Statement – REF 2021 Impact Case Studies

This document sets out what personal data is stored when submitting Impact Case Studies. Download the Data Collection Statement – REF 2021 Impact Case Studies (.pdf).

Find out more

Further information about our preparations for the submission are available on the Research pages of My Sunderland (password protected).

Contact: REF@sunderland.ac.uk

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