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The University is delighted to announce that following assessment, the Scottish Funding Council have confirmed the approval of the UWS Code of Practice (COP) for REF2021.

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and the next exercise will be conducted in 2021.

The funding bodies’ shared policy aim for research assessment is to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education. For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed: the quality of outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions), their impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research.

UWS’ REF2021 Code of Practice has been developed following a University-wide consultation with staff and sets out the processes for determining:

  • fair and transparent identification of staff with significant responsibility for research;
  • research independence; and
  • selection of outputs, including approaches to supporting staff with circumstances.

UWS has established itself as a force for good through our internationally relevant research and knowledge exchange which is making a real difference across the globe. Through ground-breaking research in areas including eye-care, drone technology, artificial intelligence, thin films and sensors, 5G networking, arthritis and dementia care UWS driving innovative technology developments and shaping society. These endeavours inform UWS teaching, meaning students’ learning is shaped by those working at the very forefront of their profession.

The approved UWS REF2021 Code of Practice is available here.