Institute of Neuroscience

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions.

The review process is managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is made on three main criteria:

  • Quality of research outputs
  • Impact of research (beyond the University)
  • Vitality of the research environment


The majority of the Institute was submitted under Unit of assessment 4: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience. The results show nationally our Institute is in the top 10 for this subject area.

The majority of our research activity was rated 4* (the highest classification) meaning quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. See the results for the Units of Assessment (UOA) we submitted to.

You can view more details on our submission to Unit of Assessment (UoA) 4 

Some of our research falls under Unit of Assessment (UoA) 2 Public health, health services and primary care. The majority of research activity in this unit is officially classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

In previous analysis, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 produced the following results for Newcastle University.