updated 4 April 2016
If there is any chance that on the census date of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), you will be employed by a UK university with a contract that includes research, then you should follow the current guidance on Act on Acceptance.
In the 2014 REF that had a census date of 31st October 2013, anyone with a contract of 20% fte or more and with research specified in their employment contract, was eligible to be submitted.
- If you currently have a fixed term research contract, but you think that you might stay in the UK in a research post or a combined teaching & research post, then you should follow the current guidance.
- If you expect to retire in the next few years, but you think you may have a part time research post in Oxford or in another UK university at the next REF census date, then you should follow the current guidance.
- For those currently employed outside the UK but who might move to a UK university before the next census date, there are some exceptions to the Act on Acceptance rule.
- For current DPhil students, who might be employed by a UK university on the next census date, there are also some exceptions.
The REF is for "independent" researchers. If you are currently employed on someone else's externally funded research proejct, regardless of your grade or job title, then you would not be eligible to be submitted for the REF if the census date were today. However, if you might have your own fellowship or a teaching & research post on the next census date, then you should follow the current guidance.