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With little fanfare, details of the Research Excellence Framework environment pilot have been published

On 16 September, while most of us were distracted by the thrills of the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth or the prospect of a Supreme Court hearing on the suspension of parliament, the REF team at the funding councils published the guidance and panel criteria for an institutional-level environment pilot

For some, the publication does not seem as exciting as the sight of Sam Gyimah in sandals on the south coast or even Lord Pannick on the streets of London, but it could have a long-term impact on universities.

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