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Research Excellence Framework

​​​​​​​​​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 20​​21 website​.

Find out What the REF means to you (Key questions for academics and researchers)

University of Gloucestershire staff can find out more on staffnet​.

University of Gloucestershire Code of Practice

As part of the preparations for the Research Excellence Framework 2021 all UK universities had to submit a Code of Practice to the REF Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP) for approval. The University of Gloucestershire Code of Practice has now been approved 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. ​

If you have questions about the Code of Practice, you can contact REF2021@glos.ac.uk.

Appeals process and staff circumstances

Included in the Code of Practice are details of the appeals process and voluntary declaration of staff circumstances. University of Gloucestershire staff can find out more about these processes on staffnet​.​

Contacting us about REF 2021

If you have any questions regarding REF at the University of Gloucestershire, please contact one of our institutional contacts​.​​

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