Research Excellence Framework

The national Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the key method of assessing the quality of research at British higher education institutions. The outcome of the REF informs the allocation of around £2billion worth of funding awarded to UK universities each year by the major research councils.

In the 2014 REF over half of our research was assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent and overall, over ninety percent was judged to be of international quality. We made submissions to twelve units of assessments: Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy; Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science; Physics; Computer Science and Informatics; General Engineering; Business and Management Studies; English Language and Literature; History; Philosophy; Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Music, Dance, Drama and performing Arts.

Full details of our REF2014 submission and results can be found on the REF2014 website.