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The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) succeeded the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) as the process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education institutions. The REF was a process of expert review with sub-panels for each of 36 Units of Assessment (UOAs) working under the guidance of four broad main panels.

In November 2013, UCLan submitted to the following 16 UoAs:

UOA 3: ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS, DENTISTRY,NURSING AND PHARMACY

UOA 4: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROSCIENCE

UOA 9: PHYSICS

UOA 13: ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, METALLURGY AND MATERIALS

UOA 15: GENERAL ENGINEERING

UOA 16: ARCHITECTURE, BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING

UOA 17: GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND ARCHAEOLOGY

UOA 19: BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES

UOA 20: LAW

UOA 22: SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL POLICY

UOA 26: SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCES, LEISURE & TOURISM

UOA 28: MODERN LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

UOA 29: ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

UOA 30: HISTORY

UOA 34: ART AND DESIGN: HISTORY, PRACTICE AND THEORY

UOA 36: COMMUNICATION, CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES, LIBRARY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

To view our Impact Case Studies go to www.uclan.ac.uk/research/explore/ref_impact.php

During 2014, the University’s submission was assessed in terms of:

  • The quality of research outputs
  • The wider impact of research
  • The vitality of the research environment

REF 2014 Results

REF 2014 results were published on 18th December 2014. They comprise an Overall Quality Profile for each UoA showing the percentage of research assessed as being at the following ‘Star Levels’:

Overall quality profile: Definitions of starred levels

  • Four star - Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • Three star - Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
  • Two star - Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • One star - Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • Unclassified - Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.

In addition, separate Sub-Profiles were provided for Research Outputs, Impact and Environment.

UCLan’s REF 2014 results are now available

Other Universities’ results along with key REF 2014 guidance documents can be found at: http://www.ref.ac.uk/

Further Information

Queries regarding REF 2014 should be directed to Steve Morey, REF Project Manager, Research and Innovation Office (Tel. +44 (0)1772 89 2397; swmorey@uclan.ac.uk) in the first instance.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

UCLan was assessed in 17 UoAs as part of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) process: Summary of UCLan’s 2008 RAE Results