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REF code of practice

Higher education institutions that made a submission to REF 2014 were required to develop a code of practice that would embed the principles of equality and diversity legislation in their decision making processes.

The University's code of practice was submitted in July 2012 and approved in January 2013. It applies to all those involved in the selection of staff and submission of the University’s REF returns.

The code of practice provides

  • a framework within which recommendations and decisions can be made
  • information about how the University will carry out its selection and submission process

'Sheffield Hallam University is intent on advancing equality and diversity as key features within all its activities, as it believes this to be ethically right and socially responsible. Equality and Diversity are essential factors that contribute to the academic and business strengths of the University.' - From section 1: Commitment

Code of practice contents

The code of practice covers the following

  1. Commitment
  2. Introduction
  3. The legislative context
  4. General principles
  5. Communication of code of practice to staff
  6. Selection of staff to be returned to the REF
  7. Criteria for inclusion and exclusion
  8. Senior management and committee structure for REF submissions
  9. Appointment of external advisers
  10. Equality analysis
  11. Appeals process
  12. Personal circumstances
  13. Fixed-term and part-time staff
  14. Further information

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