REF Real Time Review: Survey to assess views of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) among researchers

UKRI has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a real-time evaluation of REF 2021 on behalf of the four UK funding bodies.

The study aims to assess attitudes, perspectives and behaviours towards the REF 2021 across the sector, and explore how REF policies and changes are embedded in the way submissions are prepared and delivered.

As part of this study, we are conducting a survey of research staff across UK higher education institutions.

We hope you will be happy to support the study, and contribute to the evidence base that will help assess REF policy and inform its development in the future.

If you would like any further information regarding the study, please contact the RAND Europe project team at