Research Excellence Framework

Published 15/12/2020   |   Last Updated 16/12/2020   |   Reading Time minutes

The Senedd and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021


The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a process of expert review that evaluates the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The Senedd is keen to support academics in their engagement.

Since January 2018, colleagues from the UK legislatures have been working together to inform the development of guidance and assessment criteria for REF 2021.

This guidance seeks to ensure that the four UK higher education funding bodies and REF panel members have a clear understanding of what impact means for Parliaments and Assemblies across the UK.   

To inform the development of this guidance and assessment criteria, we produced a Briefing Note (PDF, 719KB) providing an overview of research impact in legislatures. Key messages from this briefing feature in the guidance on submissions and panel criteria published in 2019 by the four UK higher education funding bodies.

We hope to continue working together with the UK higher education funding bodies on this issue and will update this page with further information and updates on our work with the 2021 REF exercise, as it becomes available.