Revised timetable for consultation on next Research Excellence Framework
Following a request from the Minister for Universities and Science HEFCE, in partnership with the other UK funding bodies, agreed to delay publishing a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) until the conclusion of the spending review.
In December, subsequent to the request from the Minister, the Government announced that Lord Nicholas Stern would lead an independent review of the REF and a call for evidence was issued. HEFCE’s response can be found below.
We know that institutions are keen for the arrangements for a future REF to be confirmed and communicated in a timely fashion. Early clarity on a future framework will alleviate uncertainty in the sector, enable institutions to focus preparatory activity efficiently, and allow wise investment decisions to be made.
We welcome the Government’s ongoing commitment to the dual support system and look forward to working with the sector, the research community and research users to develop the most appropriate framework for the next REF.