News and Announcements

This section is routinely updated with news and annoucements from Research Services, including training dates, new services and upcoming events.

REF 2021 - Latest Update -7 March 2019

The UK’s four higher education funding bodies have published the guidance on submissions, panel criteria and working methods and guidance on the codes of practice for the REF 2021. All of the documents can be found here.

In line with the published REF guidance, Lancaster is currently developing our Code of Practice. The latest draft code will be made available to all staff for comment (see below) and a final version will be approved and submitted to Research England by noon on 7th June.

The current draft code is available here.


Project Ada

Lancaster University has entered into an exciting new joint project with Elsevier in which we are looking at ways to simplify and enhance the information flows supporting research across what is often a fragmented landscape of tools, content and services.  Throughout 2019 we will be working to evaluate new tools and services designed to support and enhance these processes.

As part the project we are investigating existing methods researchers use in their everyday activities to help them manage their own research activities, including finding relevant research articles. We would like to understand more about the activities and needs of our researchers through a short survey.

Take the Project Ada Survey

The survey is now available and should take around 10 minutes to complete.  Our project partner Elsevier will make a donation for each completed survey response, to be distributed between our chosen causes, St Johns Hospice ( and the University Student Hardship Fund.

To find out more, please visit the project website on Lancaster’s intranet.

We are actively seeking to recruit groups of users from across the University who we can work with us as part of the overall project evaluation. Involvement of these users will be invaluable to help understand how the services can evolve and improve. If anyone is interested in finding out more or being more involved, please email the project team on