Information on the environment component of RE2021.

The information on the output component of REF2021 is taken from the Guidance on submissions (REF 2019/01) (GoS) and the Panel criteria and working methods (REF 2019/02) (PCWM) published by the REF team in January 2019. The documents were first published as drafts in July 2018 and underwent consultation before being finalised and published as Key documents. References below have been updated and refer to the final guidance documents.

Key documents from the REF2021 website

Guidance on submissions (REF 2019/01) PDF from the REF2021 website

Panel criteria and working methods (REF 2019/02) PDF from the REF2021 website

Environment in REF2021

  Description Reference
Weighting 15% of outcome awarded to submission GoS 26.c
Assessed on  Vitality and sustainability. GoS 26.c
Data required
  • Number of research doctoral degrees awarded to students supervised by submitting unit during assessment period (REF4a).
  • Data on external research income (REF4b).
  • Data on the estimated value of Research Council facility time allocated to unit through peer-review ('research income-in-kind', REF4c).
GoS 339, 346 and 353
Statements required
  • Institution level statement on context and mission; strategy; people; income, infrastructure and facilities (REF5a).
  • Unit (~School) level statement on unit context, research and impact strategy; people; income, infrastructure and facilities; Collaboration and contribution to the research base, economy and society (REF5b).
GoS 359 and 366
Period covered Academic year (1 August - 31 July) 2013-2014 to 2019-2020. GoS 339, 346 and 355

Detailed assessment criteria for environment data

  Description Reference
Vitality Vitality will be understood as the extent to which a unit supports a thriving and inclusive research culture for all staff and research students, that is based on a clearly articulated strategy for research and enabling its impact, is engaged with the national and international research and user communities and is able to attract excellent postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. PCWM 326
Sustainability Sustainability will be understood as the extent to which the research environment ensures the future health, diversity, wellbeing and wider contribution of the unit and the discipline(s), including investment in people and in infrastructure. PCWM 327