RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK
All information relating to REF2021 at UEA will be posted here.
REF2021 Useful Links
- Guidance on Submissions (2019/01)
- Panel Criteria and Working Methods (2019/02)
- HEFCE decisions on staff and outputs (2017/04)
- HEFCE's initial decisions on the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (2017/01)
- About the REF
UEA REF2021 Planning
The University's REF2021 submission will be overseen by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Fiona Lettice, and coordinated by the Research and Innovation Service (RIN).
Queries or requests for further information should be sent to REF21.Support@uea.ac.uk
The University is currently preparing a Code of Practice to underpin our preparations for the submission. This document will be shared here once the appropriate consultations and approvals have been completed.
A REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator has been appointed to coordinate each submission under the guidance of an Associate Dean (Research).
REF2021 Code of Practice: Preparing Research
Excellence Framework Submissions
The REF Code of Practice details the approach, processes and procedures for use in the preparation of the University's submission to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. The draft Code has been approved by the University Research Executive and Executive Team, and is being considered by the University Council prior to submission to the REF Equality and Diversity Panel for approval. We can however use this draft Code during this interim period before the University has an approved Code.
The Code of Practice and accompanying forms can be requested in alternative formats. Contact REF21.Support@uea.ac.uk for more information.
The University held an open meeting for staff to learn more about the REF Code of Practice on 4th July 2019. The slides from the presentation can be downloaded here.
Open Access and REF2021
For REF2021, journal articles and conference proceedings must be made open access to be eligible for submission. See the Open Access portal page for more information.
For the purposes of the REF, impact is defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia. - REF2021 Guidance on Submission p.68
Previous Research Assessment Excercises:
2014 Research Excellence Framework
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked UEA 10th in the UK for the quality of its research output (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).
The results show that more than 82 per cent of UEA research is classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ confirming UEA’s position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.
The University is one of REF2014’s biggest climbers, with a 12-place rise since the last research assessment in 2008 and dramatic improvements across the arts, sciences, health and social sciences.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) was the new system for assessing the quality of research in higher education institutions in the UK and replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), last undertaken in 2008. The primary purpose of REF 2014 was to inform the allocation of higher education funding for research with effect from 2015-16. It also provides accountability for public investment in research and provides benchmarking information and reputational yardsticks for use within the Higher Education (HE) sector and for public information.
2008 Research Assessment Exercise