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 is assessed.

We submitted LJMU’s REF return in November 2013 and are currently awaiting the results of the panel assessments of our research publications, research environment and impact. The outcomes of the REF will be published in December 2014 and used by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to determine the distribution of quality-related research funding from 2015-2016.

Further guidance and the REF assessment framework is available at

The University abided by a Code of Practice for the selection of staff for the REF.  This code framed 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 post-REF2014 exercises. To view the Code of Practice click here.  The University conducted an equality impact assessment on its policy and procedures for selecting staff for the REF and this document is available here.

For researchers with research outputs included in the University’s REF2014 submission, a data collection notice advises staff about the information that is shared with HEFCE and what will be published after the results are announced. This notice is available to view 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/REF2014 and future submissions, please contact Diana Leighton, REF Manager (


Page last modified 29 July 2014.

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