The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The REF replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The REF is coordinated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It is a process driven by external review. Each research-active university submits a return for each research unit. These submissions are reviewed by expert panels appointed by HEFCE.
The fantastic results we achieved in the 2014 REF are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our researchers, and their ability to push research boundaries.
Learn more about the 2014 REF at Newcastle University: