There are several stakeholders working together to realise the UK Government's open access aspirations for research publications and for the open access distribution of unpublished research outputs. Major research funders have an interest in achieving maximum impact from funded research; typically the research contract will include a requirement to publish in an open access journal or upload the article on an open access repository within a stated time frame.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has introduced an open access policy for articles and certain conference papers which will govern Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions from the 1st of April 2016 until the REF 2020 census date (tbc).
Publishers also have open access and self-archiving policies for the specific journals they produce and the majority are supporting open access. Publishers may set embargoes to protect their commercial interests. Sherpa/RoMEO contains details of the policies of 3000 journals, if the journal you published in is not listed the policy may be published on the publisher's website or you can contact the publisher's permissions office.
The University of Gloucestershire Open Access Policy outlines the requirements for University employees and provides guidance to authors and creators to assist in achieving compliance with potentially multiple open access policies.
The Research Repository is the main reporting tool for Research Excellence Framework (REF).