The results of the Research Excellence Framework, published on 18th December 2014, can be downloaded below:

 

OVERALL QUALITY PROFILES FOR EACH UNIT OF ASSESSMENT

 

RESULTS BY INSTITUTION

 

RENU’s spring conference, on 28th April 2015, will cover the REF – past and future. For further details, please see the events page.

 

HEFCE’s website states the key findings:

  • Across all submitted research work, overall quality was judged on average to be 30 per cent world-leading (4*) and 46 per cent internationally excellent (3*).
  • Three-quarters of universities had at least 10 per cent of their work graded as world-leading (4*). The top quarter had at least 30 per cent graded as world-leading (4*).
  • Three-quarters of universities had at least 49 per cent of their work graded as internationally excellent (3*) or above. The top quarter had at least 79 per cent graded as internationally excellent (3*) or above.
  • Across all submissions 22 per cent of research outputs were judged to be of world-leading (4*) quality, up from 14 per cent in the previous exercise in 2008. A further 50 per cent were judged to be of internationally excellent (3*) quality, up from 37 per cent.
  • Across all submissions, 44 per cent of submitted impacts were judged outstanding (4*) by over 250 external users of research, working jointly with the academic panel members. A further 40 per cent were judged very considerable (3*).