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Research Excellence Framework


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This page contains links to the systems used to support the preparation of the submission and which are now used to record information about research activity across the University.

The REF Impact Team records impact activities across the University. Please speak to your Impact Coordinator for more information (contact details for the impact team can be found here)


Staff Information System

This system is provided to Departmental Administrators, their specialist representatives and administrative delegates to verify information about research staff in preparation for the annual statutory HESA Staff Return.       

Symplectic Elements

Elements is the University's research information management system, and provides a closed environment within which Cambridge researchers can create a profile and share information within the University of Cambridge community. The open access and open data deposit service is integrated with Symplectic Elements. For more information visit

REF Systems Portal: 

Links to all Sharepoint sites used in the REF 2021 submission including archived material.