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Research Assessment

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the current framework 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) was submitted in November 2013 with the assessment taking place and the results being disseminated in 2014.

This website is the place where UCL's REF2014 results, and the analysis of outcomes of the process, will be shared. Outcomes will be published on 18 December 2014.

Our intranet is the place to find out about the next REF (known unofficially as REF2020) including discussions of the requirements for Open Access and the use of metrics including citation data. If you are researcher you are also strongly advised to see the Open Access pages of the UCL Library Services website.

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 research assessment is led by UCL’s Vice-Provost (Research), Professor David Price, and his REF strategy group. A REF Team initially based in Registry and Academic Services, and now based in the OVPR, is responsible for supporting the coordination and the planning UCL's research assessment submissions and data collection.  The REF Team is led by the REF Manager, Andrew Cooper.

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