This Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to explore and discuss the latest developments in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), including the recommendations of the 2016 REF Review led by Lord Stern and how these are being incorporated into REF 2021, shaping how future assessments are conducted. Furthermore, through a series of case studies, participants will explore how to ensure their institution is ready for the next REF, by creating research environments which foster research excellence, as well as how to demonstrate impact and how to engage with non-academic partners and the public to enhance impact.