REF 2014 – Disclosure of personal circumstances

The University aims to ensure that all eligible academic staff are considered for inclusion in the REF submission. Any member of staff who feels that they have not been able to produce the required number of pieces of research due to personal circumstances is encouraged to complete the form which can be found on the Research Office website

Guidance on who should complete the form, what information is required and who will see the information disclosed can also be found on the website and should be considered carefully.

If you would like further information before completing the form please contact Alison Preece, the Equalities Manager, or 01443 654246.

The Code of Practice on the selection of staff for the REF 2014, can be found at:

Please note: all managers of academic staff are responsible for ensuring that this message is forwarded to any academic staff who are currently not in work due to long term sickness, maternity leave etc.

Forms can be returned by email or by post (marked private and confidential) to: or to

The Equalities Manager
Human Resources Department
14 Llantwit Road
CF37 1TR

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FAQ’s available on the REF web-site

The REF Team have made new FAQ’s available on the REF web-site.

Please visit:

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SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers – 2012 Call for Applications and Guidelines

Awards in 2012

Each year the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) invites applications from Newer Researchers to enter a research proposal for a small scale project under an SRHE Prize scheme. All entries are reviewed by an expert panel of experienced researchers. The successful SRHE prize winner receives a number of benefits from the Society in addition to the prize money awarded to fund the selected project. Entry is open to all and not restricted to current SRHE Members. 

The SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers is jointly sponsored by SRHE and the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.          

In 2012 there will be two prizes of £3,000 available for a research project of one year’s duration. These awards are intended to provide support for early stage researchers in the field of higher education research to enable them to:-

  • undertake a research project in their own right
  • develop research skills which will help advance their research career.

Benefits of the Awards

The primary purpose of these awards is to offer support to Newer Researchers intending to pursue a career in higher education research by providing funding for an initial research project and offering access to the resources of the Society.  Successful award holders are provided with the support of a mentor and, for UK based winners, invited to become a member of the Society’s prestigious Research & Development Committee which affords a wider involvement in higher education research.

Value of the Awards

The SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers provides:-

  • £3,000 research funding (delete 4 equal payments)
  • the support of a SRHE senior researcher as mentor
  • publication by the Society of a paper on the research project undertaken
  • presentation of the final paper at SRHE Newer Researchers Conference
  • one year’s full free membership of the SRHE
  • one year’s free subscription to the Society’s main journals, Studies in Higher Education, Higher Education Abstracts & Higher Education Quarterly.


Eligible researchers are those with a minimum of a first undergraduate degree and currently registered as a student with, or undertaking research associated with, a university or college department and with an interest in pursuing a career in higher education research.

These awards are not available to support study towards a postgraduate qualification or to support research work intended as the basis for a PhD submission. Research proposals submitted for these awards must demonstrate that they relate to different research questions than those covered by a PhD, or equivalent, if this is yet to be awarded or completed. To qualify as a newer researcher you should be within 6 years of the completion of your PhD or equivalent professional qualification.  This time limit excludes any formal career breaks taken for family responsibilities.

Timetable for Applications in 2012

Call for applications opens                                       December 2011

Call closes                                                                        31 March 2012

Short Listing                                                                   30 April 2012

Prizes Announced                                                        30 June 2012

Applications must be submitted by the deadline. All Applicants must complete the SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers Application Form. This is available to complete online at

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be taken into consideration:-

  • capacity of the applicant to complete the proposed research project
  • the applicant’s relevant background
  • research methodology proposed
  • a sound theoretical framework and research design
  • manageability of the project and support available from the applicant’s institution
  • inclusion of  detail on realistic costing and achievable timescale
  • evidence of  existing relevant research knowledge 
  • capacity for wider application of research
  • relevance of research proposal to future career development
  • originality of the research questions proposed
  • relevance to the work of the SRHE.

The award of the prize is made strictly on the merit of the proposed project under the guidelines outlined above.  The decision of the SRHE Research & Development Committee is final.  The Society reserves the right not to offer the prize if applications do not meet the required standard.

Responsibilities of Prize Holders

Recipients of the SRHE Newer Researchers Prize must:-

  • fully account for all expenditure on the project (quarterly payments are paid against presented accounts and receipts)
  • provide quarterly reports on progress
  • attend meetings of the Research & Development committee if UK resident (funding additional to the prize money is only available within the UK for travel costs associated with these meetings)
  • Submit an abstract on research for presentation at the Society’s annual Newer Researchers conference in December 2013
  • provide a fully referenced research paper on the outcome of their research project for publication by SRHE and possible presentation to a relevant research group or Society Network.

All enquiries about the SRHE Prize for Newer Researchers should be addressed to:

Rob Gresham, SRHE. 73 Collier Street, London N1 9BE 0207 427 2350

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The Panel criteria and working methods is now available on the REF web-site.

The Panel criteria and working methods (REF01.2012) is now available on the REF web-site at:

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REF2014 Draft panel criteria and working methods

The REF have published the Consultation on draft panel criteria and working methods.

The consultation questions and response information can be found in Annex A of ‘Generic statement of assessment criteria and panel procedures, plus annexes’ document. The deadline for the consultation is midday 5th October and so further details of the internal timetable for responses will be communicated shortly. Here are the quick links to the draft statement for each main panel: Main Panel A, Main Panel B, Main Panel C, Main Panel D

In addition, the analysis of panel membership has also been published.  

If you require any further information please contact Dr Sarah Oldfield, Research Excellence Manager, Research Office

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Publication of the REF2014 Guidance on submissions

HEFCE have today published the following REF2014 documents:
• Guidance on Submissions:
• Guidance to panels:
• Equality briefing for panels:

The guidance on submissions sets out the general framework for REF2014 and also provides guidance to institutions about making their submissions. The document provides key information on procedures, data requirements and definitions for each element of the assessment (outputs, environment and impact).

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Publication of key REF2014 documents

HEFCE expect to publish the REF2014 ‘Guidance on submissions’ document on Thursday 14th July. The document will be available initially online via the REF website but institutions will receive hard copies shortly after. 

HEFCE also expect to publish the ‘Panel criteria and working methods’ document for consultation by the end of July. Consultation responses will be due by 5th October 2011 and the final REF2014 ‘Panel criteria and working methods’ document will be published in early 2012.

If you have any queries regarding this or any other aspects of the REF2014 please contact Dr Sarah Oldfield,

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HEFCE Publish Updated List of Expert Panels for 2011

HEFCE have now completed the process of appointing panel members through the nominations received. An updated membership of the expert panels for 2011, where the criteria for the assessment will be set, has now been published on the HEFCE website (

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Ref timetable released

The timetable for the REF is now as follows:

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Weighting of Research Impact Confirmed for REF 2014

Details of how the new Research Excellence Framework will assess research that has led to wider social and economic benefits.

 To read this item in full visit the HEFCE website.

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