Hidden REF Award Ceremony

The winners of the Hidden REF will be announced at an online award ceremony taking place at 16.00-16.45 on 2nd September 2021. We hope you will be able to join us and celebrate the fantastic achievements of our winners!

How to join us

The Award Ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube (starting at 16.00 on 2nd September). Please join us and help celebrate the contribution of everyone who took part in the competition.

You can watch the ceremony via the Software Sustainability Institute’s YouTube channel:


16.05An introduction to the Hidden REF and the awards
16.10Award Ceremony begins
16.40Thank yous and plans for the next Hidden REF

Panel composition, working methods and guidance

Read the guidance provided to reviewers and participants.

Submissions closed on 14th May. Panels were staffed by volunteer experts and formed by grouping together submissions from related categories. Panellists were chosen based on their experience of the submission categories. The same criteria for assessment was applied across all panels with the aim of celebrating and highlighting the diversity of UK research.

Each panel included an even number of panellists to promote agreement by consensus rather than voting. Each panel was be supplied with a panel advisor, drawn from the Hidden REF committee, who provided background information and details on the assessment process.