Circular letter

8 January 2020

REF 2021 Circular Letter – A consultation upon the REF 2021 Codes of practice complaints and investigation process

Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal

  1. In November I wrote to notify you of our intention to consult upon a process for the management of complaints and investigations, relating to the implementation of Research Excellence Framework 2021 Codes of practice. I can confirm that this consultation is now open.
  2. The consultation document can be accessed in the downloads section below. The consultation questions can also be accessed separately below.
  3. Responses to the consultation should be submitting by completing the survey accessible at the following link
  4. I encourage you to participate in this consultation and ask that you promote the opportunity to provide views upon this matter, as appropriate within your institution.
  5. The consultation will close at 12:00 noon on the 6th March 2020.
  6. Please address any queries about this matter to

Yours sincerely


Steven Hill

Director of Research