The University’s draft Code of Practice for REF 2021 has now been shared with staff for comments.

The draft Code sets out Portsmouth’s approach to some of the key parts of REF 2021 – who gets submitted and what outputs are going in.

The Code also sets up a process for any appeals, and explains the new position for staff with personal circumstances that may have meant they could not be as productive in their research as they would otherwise have been.


Pro Vice-Chancellor for R&I Professor Bob Nichol sent an email to all staff on Friday, 5 April, inviting them to read the draft Code and to share their feedback with the REF Team in Research & Innovation Services.

A two-page executive summary was also shared, along with a link to the online form where feedback will be collected.

Consultation is also going on with specific groups of staff, including Heads’ Forum, Professors and Readers’ Forums, Researchers’ Network, and our many equality and diversity related groups and networks.

For now, the draft Code is for internal review only. This consultation will remain open until Monday 6 May, after which feedback will be considered and used to help inform the next version of the Code.

Next Steps

The updated version of the draft Code will then make its way up through various internal Committees until it reaches University Executive Board (UEB), where the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (R&I) will agree a final version for submission to Research England and the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) in early June.

A final version of the Code will be shared with staff once it has been approved by EDAP and Research England.

The Draft Code

To read the Code, please click here [UoP staff only]. To see the Executive Summary, please click here [UoP staff only].

To share your feedback, please use the online form [UoP staff only], or email