UCARO – stats for UCA researchers

With thanks to all UCA academics for all the new outputs added to UCARO for the Mock REF. Please keep updating so we can prepare for REF 2021.

Libraries have produced some very interesting infograms all about UCARO

The increase in research uploads for the Mock REF – thank you!


The types of research outputs – very reflective of our specialist status

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and an overview of our 2017 downloads


Want to know your own stats? Contact ucaro@uca.ac.uk


REF 2021 so far

In communications released over the summer period and in late November, HEFCE have confirmed many important aspects of the requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021.

Outcomes and weightings
  • Five-point scale:  4* – Unclassified
  • Weightings:  Outputs –60%,  Impact –25%;  Environment –15%

HEFCE are implementing Lord Stern’s recommendations to decouple staff and outputs.  The number of outputs submitted will be determined by the FTE of staff submitted in each Unit of Assessment, with the flexibility to allow minimum and maximum number of outputs per staff member

  •  Minimum 1 and maximum 5 outputs per individual
  • Average of 2.5 outputs per FTE


  • For REF2021, outputs may be submitted both by the institution employing a researcher on the census date (31 July 2020), and by the institution where the researcher was previously employed when the output was demonstrably generated
  • ‘Demonstrably generated’  – when the output was first made publicly available
  • Impact remains with institution where research was generated
  • Impact must be underpinned by excellent research of minimum 2* quality
  • 1 January 2000 -31 December 2020 for underpinning research;  1 August 2013 -31 July 2020 for impacts
  • Definitions of impact will be broadened
  • Impact on teaching at the submitting institution will be counted
  • Case studies continued from examples submitted in 2014 will be eligible
  • Minimum 2 case studies per Unit of Assessment
Submission of staff

All staff with significant responsibility for research will be returned to REF 2021. 

Starting point of identifying ‘total pool of category A eligible staff’:

  • 0.2 full-time equivalent (FTE) or greater
  • primary employment function is to undertake either ‘research only’ or ‘teaching and research’
  • substantive connection with the submitting institution
  • and they must be independent researchers (i.e. not research assistants

In institutions that are confident that all Category A Eligible staff have ‘significant responsibility’, 100% of those staff should be submitted.  In institutions where the basic criteria for ‘Category A Eligible’ staff does not accurately identify only those staff with significant responsibility for research, a smaller group of ‘Category A Submitted’ staff can be identified—those staff with ‘significant responsibility for research’.

Significant responsibility for research: ‘those for whom explicit time and resources are made available to engage actively in independent research, and that is an expectation of their job role.’ (REF 2017/04)

The criteria for determining who should be included in this category should be determined by each HEI. The process must be developed collaboratively in consultation with staff, and relate to standard ways of working at the institution. It should be written into a Code of Practice.



Thinking differently for REF 2021

We know that many people are keen to understand more about the REF 2021 rules, and to begin planning and considering the ways they may best be implemented for their institution. There are several aspects of the high-level framework that continue from the previous exercise; but there are also key changes to the submission process…

via Thinking differently for REF 2021 — HEFCE blog


Find out all you need about the UCA Mock REF -December 1st – 15th January. Watch the recording of the webinar from Nino Nizharadze and Amy Robinson. 

Find out all you need about the UCA Mock REF -December 1st – 15th January. Watch the recording of the webinar from Nino Nizharadze and Amy Robinson.

Mock REF_on Vimeo.

REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs

REF 2021 Decisions on staff and outputs have been published this morning.  You can access the  publication at: http://www.ref.ac.uk/publications/2017/decisionsonstaffandoutputs.html



RDP Webinar ‘Impact and Public Engagement in the Arts’ with Charlotte Medland -11th Oct 1.00pm

This webinar will look at public engagement and how to measure impact in arts research. The session will give you an opportunity to consider impact and engagement in your research and what to consider at the start of each project.webinars

Charlotte Medland is the Impact and Evaluation Officer for the Humanities Division at Oxford University and has worked previously on the evaluation of public engagement projects at the University of Southampton.

Interested? – email roffice@ucreative.ac.uk and we will send you your link to join this webinar.
All you need is a computer (or mobile phone) with headphones.

RDP Webinar – 11th October 1.00pm ‘Impact and Public Engagement in the Arts’ with Charlotte Medland

Other forthcoming RDP Webinars can be seen at UCA Research Development  along with links to the recordings of past webinars