The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a national expert assessment process, carried out in 34 broad subject-based units of assessment (UOAs).
Aspects of Research assessed
The research of over 150 UK universities and research institutions was assessed.
- Outputs – equating to 60% of the overall results.
- Impact – equating to 25% of the overall results.
- Environment – equating to 15% of the overall results.
REF 2021 was designed to judge the quality of research over a period of 7 years; assessment was conducted on a 5-point scale:
- 4* World-leading
- 3* Internationally excellent
- 2* Recognised internationally
- 1* Recognised nationally
- UC – Unclassified
Staff were drawn from across the University in areas such as Psychology, Social Work, Education, Sport, English, History and Theology. As well as those subject areas represented in the names of the Units of Assessment, the Units submitted included colleagues from across the university.
59 members of Newman staff were submitted in 7 units, nearly a 300% increase on the 2014 submission. The University also more than doubled the amount of World-leading research identified through REF2021.