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Research Excellence Framework 2021 Code of Practice

The University has received confirmation from Research England that the University’s Code of Practice for REF2021 has been approved. The Code of Practice sets out the University’s polices and operational arrangements that have been put in place to develop the REF2021 submission. This includes the procedures to determine which staff are eligible and for the selection of research outputs for submission. It has been developed in consultation with individual staff and staff group representatives across the collegiate University, including through an online consultation in March 2019 (Reporter, 6541, 2018–19, p. 440). The Code of Practice is available at:


Research in Biological Sciences at Cambridge is broad-ranging, encompassing animal, plant and microbial systems at scales ranging from atomic structures, through molecular, cellular and physiological processes to evolutionary, ecological and behavioural processes operating at the levels of populations and communities. In addition to fostering a dynamic environment to support creative, investigator-led, basic research, Biological Sciences at Cambridge also impacts on the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, on human and animal health and the clinic, as well as in conservation, agriculture and the environment.

You can explore our research through these pages, which link to many of the University's strategic research initiatives and networks. Via these links you can investigate research in the same theme in other Schools. You can also find out more about what is done in our constituent departments by following the links from the various sections of our web site, which include information about research facilities, training and funding.