The Hidden REF 5% Manifesto

The 5% Manifesto is a campaign devised by the Hidden REF committee to encourage UK Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to commit to at least 5% of their REF 2028 submission, being composed of non-traditional outputs.

  |  Updated: 20 May 2024

The hidden REF

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Project Goals

The ultimate goal is a greater recognition of the variety of contributions made to the UK research landscape. The Hidden REF believes that sustainable research culture change comes through the decisions of individuals in coordination with their HEIs towards recognising and valuing the contributions that highlight the excellence of their research.  For this reason, by committing to this manifesto, HEIs enable their researchers the freedom to pursue the most appropriate avenues and audiences for disseminating their ideas and evidence beyond traditional outputs such as scholarly articles, conference presentations and books.


The community can sign the 5% Manifesto as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. A list of current signatories is being collected.