REF 2014


  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF), previously known as the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is a national expert assessment process, carried out in 36 broad subject-based units of assessment (UOAs). 
  • Aspects of Research assessed:
    • Outputs – equating to 65% of the overall results
    • Impact – equating to 20% of the overall results
    • Environment – equating to 15% of the overall results
  • The research of 154 UK universities was assessed.
  • REF 2014 was designed to judge the quality of research over a period of 6 years; assessment was conducted on a 5-point scale:
    • 4* World-leading
    • 3* Internationally excellent
    • 2* Recognised internationally
    • 1* Recognised nationally
    • UC – Unclassified
  • In 2014 Newman’s submission encompassed:
    • 25 members of staff submitted in 6 units, a 300% increase on the 2008 submission;
    • Psychology, Education, Sport, English, History and Theology;
    • Education, History and English all judged to have elements of 4* (World-leading) quality;
    • Psychology, Sport and Theology all judged to have elements of 3* (Internationally excellent) quality;

Staff were drawn from across the University and for example, as well as those subject areas represented in the names of the Units of Assessment, the Units submitted included colleagues from Drama, ECEC and WCYPF.

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