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.
- UCL's RAE 2008 results (The Guardian) (UCL Research)
- Full results for the UK higher education sector
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.