Reflections on the REF 2021

Using Symplectic Elements as a research information management (RIM) system to support the Research Excellence Framework


Our new paper explores the role of Symplectic Elements as a Research Information Management System in supporting the REF submissions process. It provides an overview of the bespoke modules and functionalities within Symplectic Elements which have been designed to empower HEIs in gathering and collating information for the REF, as well as providing case studies and testimonials from some of the institutions using the platform.


  • How University of Essex streamlined the REF process through carrying out annual assessments.
  • Anglia Ruskin’s University’s progress in moving from manual to systematic curation. 
  • How University College London used the Open Access Monitor functionality in Symplectic Elements to ensure they meet the REF’s Open Access requirements.
  • The role of Symplectic Elements in bulk data validation checks at Liverpool John Moores University.