44% of the university’s research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
What is the Research Excellence Framework?
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the exercise for assessing research in the UK and is carried out every six or seven years. The REF was first conducted in 2014, and replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The team managing the REF on behalf of the UK higher education funding councils is located in Research England, forming part of UK Research & Innovation. Since mid-2017, guidance has been published for the next assessment phase, REF 2021.
For more information, visit the
REF 2021 website.
Find out What the REF means to you (Key questions for academics and researchers)
University of Gloucestershire students and staff can find out more on the infonet.
University of Gloucestershire draft Code of Practice
As part of the preparations for the Research Excellence Framework 2021 all UK universities will submit a Code of Practice to the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) for approval.
The Code of Practice is informed by the REF 2021 Guidance on Submissions and sets out the University of Gloucestershire’s approach to the REF2021 determination of eligible staff and selection of outputs for submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Specifically, it sets out how the University fairly, and in a transparent, consistent, accountable and inclusive way, goes about:
- Determining eligible staff (i.e. those with significant responsibility for research);
- Determining who is an independent researcher;
- Selecting research outputs.
Following a period of consultation (see Vice-Chancellor’s monthly newsletter for November 2018, and April 2019), the University submitted the revised Code of practice to EDAP. Once approved by EDAP, the final version will be published in December 2019.
View the draft Code of Practice
If you have questions about the Code of Practice, you can contact
Appeals process and staff circumstances
Included in the Code of Practice are details of the appeals process and voluntary declaration of staff circumstances. Full details will be available on Staffnet early January 2020, when the Code of Practice is approved.
Contacting us about REF 2021
If you have any questions regarding REF at the University of Gloucestershire, please contact one of our
University of Gloucestershire REF 2014 outcome
The University is proud of its performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, achieving a significant improvement in the proportion of research assessed as 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). 44% of the University’s research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent, and the University’s ranking increased by 18 places over its position in the 2008 Research assessment Exercise. In all six of the university’s submissions to the REF more than 25% of the work was recognised as internationally excellent or world leading. All results are available as ‘quality profiles’ on the
REF 2014 website.
Further information about REF 2014
You can find out more and view the REF 2014 results using the link below.
REF results from 2014