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How is REF assessed?

Research rated internationally excellent

The Research Excellence Framework uses a framework of assessment to consider research outputs, the impact of research and the research environment.  Assessments are conducted by panels of experts taken from the academic community, industry and the wider user community.  Panels agree a “quality profile” for each element of the submission (outputs, impact and environment) and these profiles are then combined to form an overall quality profile.

Framework of assessment

ELEMENT

EVIDENCE

WEIGHTING

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

OUTPUTS

Maximum of 4 outputs per researcher

65%

Rigour, originality and significance

IMPACT

Impact template and case studies

20%

Reach and significance

 

ENVIRONMENT

Environment data and template

15%

Vitality


What each rating means

Four star

Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour

Three star

Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence

Two star

Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour

One star

Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour

Unclassified

Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment