The REF guidance allows for the submission of a large range of research outputs, beyond the more traditional journal articles, monographs and books. The University’s procedures will follow the funding bodies’ principle of equity in assessment for all types of research output.
The funding bodies have made it clear that no output type will be preferred over any others. For non-traditional output types, for example, for an exhibition, the output submission would likely include the exhibition catalogue and may include digital or even physical material, and supporting information such as a statement describing the research process, content and contribution of the researcher. The material submitted should provide the panel with coherent evidence of the research process, the research insights and the dissemination.
The decision on which outputs to submit rests with the academic unit of assessment coordinator. Staff will be encouraged to consider all types of output when they nominate outputs, and to create records for them on Symplectic Elements.