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Information for external reviewers

This page provides information for those who have agreed to provide research reviews to support the University's  understanding of its research performance and REF2029 preparations.‌

  • 2023/24 Outputs review timeline

The timeline for outputs review this academic year:

January 2024: Nomination of outputs

February - March 2024: Internal review of outputs

mid-April 2024: a selection of outputs sent to external reviewers for moderation

mid-May 2024: Return of moderation comments and grades

June 2024: Review of departmental research quality profile, primarily using any internal grants

July 2024: Review of UoA-level readiness by REF Main Panel with a consideration of output grades calibrated following the moderation by external reviewers.


  • External review template

External reviewers will recieve a  version of this External review template with details of the relevant outputs. Where available DOI and urls will be provided; where DoIs are not available or the output is not available in an open access version, an electronic version of the document will be sent. Exceptionally, where there is no alternative, a hard copy might be posted to the external reviewer.