2. The REF will be a process of expert review. Expert
sub-panels for each of 36 units of assessment (UOAs)
will carry out the assessment, working under the
leadership and guidance of four main panels.
3. In October 2012 the four UK higher education
funding bodies will invite UK higher education
institutions to make submissions to the 2014 REF.
Each submission in each UOA will contain a common
set of data comprising:
a. Information on staff in post on the census date,
31 October 2013, selected by the institution to be
included in the submission.
b. Details of publications and other forms of
assessable output that selected staff have
produced during the publication period (1 January
2008 to 31 December 2013).
c. A completed template describing the submitted
unit’s approach during the assessment period
(1 January 2008 to 31 July 2013) to enabling impact
from its research, and case studies describing
specific examples of impacts achieved during
the assessment period, underpinned by excellent
research in the period 1 January 1993 to 31
December 2013.
d. Data about research doctoral degrees awarded and
research income related to the period 1 August
2008 to 31 July 2013.
e. A completed template describing the research
environment, related to the period 1 January 2008
to 31 July 2013.
4. The deadline for submissions is 29 November
2013. Submissions will be assessed by the REF panels
during the course of 2014. Results will be published
in December 2014, and will be used by the higher
education funding bodies to inform research funding
from academic year 2015-16.

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