Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the successor to the RAE (Research Assessment Exercise ) and is the peer review process by which the quality of research taking place in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) is assessed.  The outcomes of the REF will be used by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to determine the distribution of quality-related research funding from 2015-16.

The next assessment of research excellence at UK HEIs will take place in 2014 following institutional submissions to HEFCE by 29 November 2013. The results of the REF panel assessments will be published in December 2014.

An overview of the REF assessment framework  and guidance to institutions on preparing submissions has been released. 

In conjunction with staff in LJMU Human Resources the Research support Office has developed its Code of Practice on the selection of staff for the REF (to view the document click here). This code frames the decision-making process in the context of the principles of equality and diversity and is a useful source of additional information for all staff eligible for inclusion in REF2014.

LJMU was one of 29 institutions selected to take part in the pilot for assessing impact in the REF .  Our Astrophysics Research Institute produced the strongest physics performance  in the pilot exercise conducted by HEFCE in 2010; its work was highlighted as an exemplar of research that has had a positive influence beyond academia. The University has produced an online publication to showcase examples of research impact and public engagement which can be viewed here.

In the RAE2008 LJMU submitted to seventeen units of assessment, to view the outcomes, please click here.

For further information or advice regarding research assessment or REF2014, please contact Diana Leighton, REF Manager (


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