There’s plenty of work to be done before that date!
The main problem with recognising research is that no one knows what research outputs need to be collected to recognise everyone’s contribution. For this reason, we’re asking the research community to suggest ideas for categories that we should assess. Popular ideas will be included alongside the categories below.
The table below lists the non-publication-based categories used in the REF (more detail is also available), which we’ve used as a starting point. Since then we have added new categories as discussed in this post.
You can suggest a new category, suggest a change to an existing one or even argue that it should be removed. Every month we will list the changes that the community have suggested and run a vote to see whether the changes should be accepted. In this way, we hope to have the right categories, or at least a considerably better set of them, when submissions open on 6 July 2020.
|P||Devices and products|
|F||Patent/published patent application|
|N||Research report for external body|
|O||Confidential report for external body|
|Q||Digital or visual media|
|S||Research datasets and databases. Data and metadata standards|
|2||Technicians (people category)|
|3||Professional Services (people category)|
|4||Research Citizenship (people category)|
|7||Facility Time Allocation|
Suggest a new category
With this form, you can suggest a new category that should be added to the hidden REF competition.
Change an existing category
With this form you can argue why an existing category should be changed or even removed from the competition.