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UK-Wide Consultation - Future Research Assessment Programme



The Future Research Assessment Programme (FRAP) was launched by the four funding bodies (Research England, Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland) in May 2021. FRAP was initiated at the request of UK and devolved government ministers and funding bodies and will evaluate REF2021 aiming to explore possible future approaches to the assessment of UK higher education research performance. Further information about the programme can be found here.


The University's REF Team has responded to several, sector-wide consultations informed by engagement and input from stakeholders via various forums including surveys, group meetings and email feedback. The responses are helping to shape the next exercise. You can access the institutional responses below:

  1. Initial Consultation response on January 2022
  2. Response to the second consultation on 6th May 2022. 
  3. Response to the 'Initial Decisions' consultation on 26 September 2023
  4. Response to People, Culture and Environment ​consultation​​ on 01 December 2023

Contact Information 


The REF team will keep you posted on the developments and outcomes. 

​Please contact REF Team, should you have any questions. ​