What is the REF?
- The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the System for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions
- The next REF is planned for 2021.
- The School Research Office is responsible for collating all information ready for the REF
- We are currently going through a number of REF Preparedness Exercises
Why is REF important?
The primary purpose of the REF is to produce assessment outcomes for each submission made by institutions:
- The funding bodies intend to use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their research funding to HEIs, with effect from 2015-16.
- The assessment provides accountability for public investment in research and produces evidence of the benefits of this investment.
- The assessment outcomes provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks.
The conduct of the exercise will continue to be governed by the following principles:
- Equity – the fair and equal assessment of all types of research and forms of research output.
- Equality – promoting equality and diversity in all aspects of the assessment.
- Transparency – the clear and open process through which decisions are made and information about the assessment process is shared.
Profile weightings will be:
- Outputs 60%
- Impact 25%
- Environment 15%
- Every member of staff will need to submit a minimum of 1 output.
- The total number of outputs required will be determined by FTE rather than headcount
- The assessment period for research income and impacts will roll over from the end of the period in the last exercise, running from 1 August 2013 until 31 July 2020.
- The assessment period for outputs will also continue, running from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020.