UWS Code of Practice
The UWS REF 2021 Code of Practice presents the university’s approach for submission to REF2021, complying with equality and diversity legislation and providing a transparent explanation of our REF2021 submission. The purpose of the REF2021 Code of Practice is principally to cover the following processes:
- Institutional arrangements for UWS REF2021 Strategy and Governance
- How the University has identified staff with significant responsibility for research eligible to be submitted to the REF
- How the University has selected research outputs to be submitted, ensuring a fair and transparent approach.
First approved in November 2019, the Code of Practice was revised to reflect the changes made to the REF guidance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This revised version was accepted by the Scottish Funding Council on 27th October 2020. The final version of the Code of Practice has been submitted in advance of the 30th July 2021 deadline, as required by the REF Team.
Full UWS REF Code of Practice
Prior to consideration by Senate the draft Code was scrutinised by the REF Strategy Group and its Code of Practice Sub-Group. At these meetings a number of points were made:
- Noting that Unit of Assessment (UoA) Leads would have responsibility for recommending the optimum position for submission in each UoA the code should facilitate the preliminary identification of staff ‘in scope for submission’.
- The code must be the subject of wide consultation with staff, including trade unions, before an agreed version is supplied to the REF team on or before 7th June 2019.
- While recognising that inclusivity in terms of staff ‘in scope for submission’ is a key plank of the Stern Review of REF, the code should allow for a level of discretion on the part of the University to optimise its overall REF 2021 submission. Furthermore, to comply with the need for inclusivity it would be inappropriate to include in the Code a requirement that outputs from any single researcher must achieve a given Grade Point Average via internal or external review for them to be included in a submission.
- Stress is being placed on ensuring that issues of equality and diversity are given significant prominence in the Code to ensure that no individuals employed part-time or who are Early Career Researchers and/or with any protected characteristics are disadvantaged.