The College has established a REF 2021 Strategy Group as well as faculty leading committees.

REF 2021 Strategy Group

Terms of Reference

  1. The REF Strategy Group will have ultimate responsibility and accountability to the Provost Board for the delivery of an optimal, accurate and timely REF 2021 submission.
  2. The Group will provide management and oversight of the preparation of the College’s REF 2021 submission including decisions on issues of strategic importance.


  • Vice-Provost Research & Enterprise (Chair)
  • REF Lead - Business School
  • REF Lead - Faculty of Engineering
  • REF Lead - Faculty of Medicine
  • REF Lead - Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Representative from the Faculty Ambassadors for Women
  • Director of Strategic Planning
  • REF Manager

REF faculty committees

All faculties have committees working on REF as follows:

  • Imperial College Business School REF committee
  • Faculty of Engineering REF advisory group and Faculty of Engineering REF planning group
  • Faculty of Medicine REF committee
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences REF committee

Further details on memberships and terms of reference can be found in Annex 3 of the College Code of Practice.