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    Shaping the Next REF:Your Thoughts on Strathclyde's Consultation Input
    Provider   Organisational and Staff Development Unit

    Have your say on Strathclyde’s response to the ongoing Research Excellence Framework (REF) consultation - join us at one of two online workshops to discuss the REF 2028 initial decisions and help to shape our institutional response.

Duration 1 hour

Course Type Webinar

Booking Status Contact Provider

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Target Audience: All staff involved in conducting, enabling or supporting research, knowledge exchange and/or innovation

This online workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the REF 2028 initial decisions and input to the development of Strathclyde’s institutional response to the current consultation on these. The consultation questions concern the volume measure, output submission, impact case studies, Unit of Assessment and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is no expectation that attendees will have read the consultation documents ahead of the session. The proposed changes to the exercise will be explained and Strathclyde’s proposed response to the consultation will be outlined. Attendees will be asked for their feedback on Strathclyde’s proposed response and given the opportunity to raise issues or suggest solutions not covered in the proposed response.

Background information

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The Scottish Funding Council’s Research Excellence Grant funding model uses the REF outcomes to calculate how much research funding each HEI should receive in the form of an annual block grant. Following the REF 2021 exercise, the UK funding bodies have been reviewing the REF exercise, including consulting with different stakeholders such as universities. The ‘initial decisions’ regarding changes ahead of the next REF exercise (REF 2028) were released in June and the funding bodies are now consulting on these decisions.


  • Gain knowledge of the nature and content of the next REF.
  • Help to identify key issues and areas of concern.
  • Contribute to the generation of creative solutions to identified concerns/challenges.



We are committed to ensuring our events and courses are accessible to all staff.

  • The session will take place on Zoom.
  • Auto-captions will be enabled.
  • There will be audience participation.
  • You can keep your camera off.
  • You are asked to attend the whole session.
  • This is a short session so no breaks will be taken.
  • The session is relaxed – this means you can stretch, move around, stim etc.
  • Digital copies of resources will be emailed to participants upon request.
  • Please contact osdu-equity@strath.ac.uk to discuss any further access requirements.

Cancellation Policy 

When applying for a course, you should note that there will be a £50* charge to your Department / School if you do not attend your place on the course. There will be no charge as long as you cancel your booked place before the event or notify our staff at osdu@strath.ac.uk that you can no longer attend.

A Department / School is welcome to send someone else in your place if they wish without incurring a charge, providing that person has the necessary prerequisites for the course. In the case of courses split over more than one day, you are expected to attend ALL parts of the course.

*This is the standard charge for cancellation or non-attendance of a course of 1-day duration or less. For some courses, there may be a higher cancellation charge and if this is the case you will be advised of this at the time of booking. 

Delivered By: Helen Young, Head of Research Policy and Information, & Grace Murkett, Research Policy Officer



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