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Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework

January 2024

This conference will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Morning, Tuesday, 5 March 2024

It follows the publication of initial decisions on the high-level design of REF 2029, recently delayed from 2028, following concerns over plans to fully break the link between staff and institutional submissions. The delay also aims to allow universities to consider preparations needed to use HESA data to determine REF volume measures, and give providers more time to rework institutional codes of practice.

Discussion will explore the ongoing development of REF 2029 as well as the overall future of the REF, along with the impact of reform on research culture, environments and incentives.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Rebecca Fairbairn, Director of REF, Research England; and Rachel Hewitt, Chief Executive, MillionPlus Association for Modern Universities.

Overall sessions in the agenda include discussion on:

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfE; DSIT; Department for the Economy, NI; IPO; POST and UKHSA.

More information: