The Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a national assessment exercise of research at universities across the United Kingdom. The next REF will be in 2021 with each eligible university across the UK making a submission in November 2020. REF2021 consists of three elements: research outputs (usually publications); non-academic impact of research (introduced in 2014); and the local research environment. Quality is measured at the level of a discipline, or Unit of Assessment (UoA), at each university.

The next REF will be assessed in 2021 and preparations are already underway. For more information about those preparations please see our REF2021 page.

For information on Exeter’s performance in the last REF in 2014 please see the REF 2014 website.