The Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) was largely supportive of the REF and concluded that it had been successful in helping to promote excellence and drive up the quality of UK research. The Review considered areas for improvement within the framework and the report set out 12 interdependent recommendations which it stated must be implemented together in order to be successful.
The four UK higher education funding bodies are now consulting on the second REF, and have set out their plans for implementing the Stern recommendations. The overall aim is to maintain continuity with the previous REF, although a number of changes are under consideration in light of the review.
The Council has produced a briefing on this consultation. It will be submitting a full response which will be shaped by a dedicated workshop at the January 2017 AGM and other input from members.