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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​.

University of Gloucestershire students and staff can find out more on the infonet​.

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