The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education institutions. The REF uses a process of expert review with sub-panels for each of 34 Units of Assessment (UOAs) working under the guidance of four broad main panels.
The REF assess:
The governance for UCLan’s REF2021 submission is outlined in our Code of Practice, which was agreed with staff in April 2019, and approved by the UK funder, Research England, in late 2019. This document outlines the processes UCLan will use to prepare the submission, and the criteria for which staff will be returned.
As the document is quite long we’ve put together a key points document, which covers all the main information. This document can be found here.
In November 2013, UCLan submitted to 16 UoAs and the results were published in December 2014. They comprised of 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
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/.
Queries regarding the Research Excellence Framework should be directed to the REF Project Managers in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCLan was assessed in 17 UoAs as part of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) process: Summary of UCLan’s 2008 RAE Results.