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Research Assessment

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new exercise developed by the four UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCs) to assess the quality of UK research and to inform the selective distribution of public funds for research (known as ‘QR’) by the HEFCs

The first REF, which has replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), will take place in 2013-14. Submissions to REF will be made by higher education institutions in November 2013 but the exercise has been designated by the HEFCs ‘REF 2014’ – the year in which the assessment process will actually take place and the results will be announced. 

RAE 2008 Results

The REF will, like the RAE, provide quality ratings for research across all disciplines. UCL’s performance in RAE was consistently excellent and confirmed its standing as among the top multi-faculty universities in the UK. The REF outcomes will therefore be crucially important to UCL in providing funding to maintain its internationally excellent research activity.

Managing the REF

Strategic planning for the REF is led by UCL’s Vice-Provost (Research), Professor David Price, and his REF strategy group.  Registry and Academic Services is responsible for supporting the Vice-Provost (Research) in coordinating the planning and preparation of UCL's REF submission and data collection processes.  The REF2014 Office is led by the REF Manager, Andrew Cooper, based in the office of the Director of RAS.

A REF2014 intranet has been developed to support the UCL submission process. If you have any related questions please email the UCL REF Office .