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Staff 2019/20 - Significant Responsibility

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Short nameSIGRES

This field identifies staff that have a significant responsibility for research and that are eligible for REF 2021.

Applicable toEngland Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

Compulsory for all staff in HEPs intending to participate in REF2021, who have an active contract on the REF census date of 2020-07-31 which meets the definition of Category A eligibility: (Contract.TERMS = 1 or 2) and ((Contract.ACEMPFUN = 2 and Contract.RESAST is not 1) or (Contract.ACEMPFUN = 3)).

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SIGRES records staff that have significant responsibility for research on 31 July 2020, among staff meeting the eligibility criteria for return in REF 2021. SIGRES needs to be returned also for contracts with Contract.MOEMP = 6 if they meet the definition of Category A eligibility.

Where Contract.ACEMPFUN = 2 and Contract.RESAST = 0 then Contract.SIGRES should = 1.

The definition of and guidance for identifying staff with significant responsibility for research where Contract.ACEMPFUN = 3 is included in the Guidance on submissions, paragraphs 138 to 144. Where this does not include 100 per cent of eligible staff, data should be returned in accordance with institutions' processes for determining significant responsibility for research as set out in codes of practice.

Frequently asked questions that relate to the REF 2021 and policy matters can be found here. Any queries that relate to the REF should be addressed to [email protected], which will be monitored by Research England.

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Reason required To record staff that have significant responsibility for research among staff meeting the eligibility for REF 2021
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Field length1
Minimum occurrences0
Maximum occurrences1
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Element: SIGRES
Change management notesCoverage and guidance has been updated for the 2019/20 collection to aid the return of REF.

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