Funding bodies publish final guidance for REF 2021

The ‘Guidance on submissions’ (REF 2019/01) details how UK universities should make their submissions to REF 2021 and the ‘Panel criteria and working methods’ (REF 2019/02) describes how the REF 2021 panels will assess this research. The documents have been developed by the REF’s expert panels and the four funding bodies following consultation with the sector in summer 2018. The changes from the last REF in 2014 to REF 2021 largely follow the recommendations set out in 2016 in an independent review led by Lord Stern. The REF Steering Group, made up of representatives from the four funding bodies, has provided background information on some of the key decisions that have been taken. 

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OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.25 – January 2019)

Welcome to the twenty-fifth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at

Service Updates

The Publications Team are in the process of migrating our internal records and the content of OpenAIR to the Worktribe research information system. We hope to go live with the new “Outputs” and “Repository” modules of Worktribe in March this year. In order to ensure the stability of our data during the transition, there will be a temporary freeze on all new additions to our internal records and the repository towards the end of February. Normal service will then resume after a couple of weeks. More detailed information will be given nearer the time.


The repository currently contains 3,137 links between Schools and outputs (some records are linked to multiple Schools and therefore included in this figure more than once). Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

  • = FERNANDO, N.G., EKUNDAYO, D.O. and VICTORIA, M.F. 2018. Embodied carbon emissions of buildings: a case study of an apartment building in the UK. Presented at the 7th World construction symposium 2018: built asset sustainability: rethinking design, construction and operations, 29 June – 01 July 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • = ZAMAN, Q.M., TROIANI, I., ALTENBERGER, I. and CERVERA, R. 2018. Theorizing social fear and contested urbanism of displacement, alienation and contemporary processes of political, economic and religious-induced mobility: a cross cultural study. Presented at the 7th World meeting of UNESCO chairs in communication international symposium: communication, city and public space, 8-10 May 2018, Lima, Peru.

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):


This month, there have been a total of 11,648 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:

  • = DAKUP, K., FULFORD, H. and SUTHERLAND, B., 2014. Investigating the adoption of sustainable green initiatives in Scottish food and drink SMEs. In: B. GALBRAITH, ed. Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on innovation and entrepreneurship (ECIE), 18-19 September 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Ltd [online], pages 507-513. Available from: (260 downloads)
  • = KOKOLI, A.M. 2002. The cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe: towards a feminist remodelling of (meta)history. In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism, 11(1), pages 55-70. (255 downloads)

The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = CONNON, N.G. 2007. Factors impacting on technology acceptance for the micro/SME electronics retailer. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (268 downloads)
  • = MACKIE, G.E. 2014. The influencing effect of socialization agents on male children’s sportswear choice decisions: a study of 8-11 year old male reactions to mother versus peers. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (210 downloads)
  • = ROBERTSON, D.M. 2012. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning in new graduate occupational therapists: a phenomenological study. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (181 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (30.01.2019).