The REF is a process of expert review, carried out by expert panels made up of senior academics, international members, and research users, for each of the 34 subject-based Units of Assessment (UoAs). The University of Exeter submitted the work of 1,251 researchers (full-time equivalent) in 26 of the UoAs.
For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed: the quality of outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions), their impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research.
The process assesses whether the research submitted is:
- 4* - world-leading
- 3* - internationally excellent
- 2* - of international quality
- 1* - of national quality
From these results we are able to calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA), both institutionally and for each UoA. The GPA is the average of scores across 4*, 3*, 2* and 1*. We are also able to assess our performance relative to other higher education institutions.
The full results are available via the official REF 2021 website. Some key results for the University of Exeter are included here.
|Measure||Score||National rank||Russell Group rank|
|Grade Point Average||3.35||21||19|
|World-leading research (4*)||46.9%||18||17|
|World-leading impact (4*)||59.8%||11||11|
Note: Specialist institutions which have submitted to 1 or 2 UoAs, such as, for example, The Institute of Cancer Research or the Royal Agricultural University have not been included in this data.
|Overall quality profile|
(percentage of research activity at each quality level)
|Unit of Assessment||
|2||Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care||59.92||35||54||11||0||0|
|3||Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy||12.50||42||50||8||0||0|
|4||Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience||48.30||53||39||7||1||0|
|7||Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences||78.10||63||27||8||0||2|
|11||Computer Science and Informatics||27.90||33||50||9||0||8|
|14||Geography and Environmental Studies||60.98||55||36||9||0||0|
|16||Economics and Econometrics||37.70||30||59||11||0||0|
|17||Business and Management Studies||79.10||54||38||8||0||0|
|19||Politics and International Studies||58.25||48||38||13||1||0|
|24||Sports and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism||33.80||79||20||1||0||0|
|26||Modern Languages and Linguistics||44.80||39||44||16||1||0|
|27||English Language and Literature||73.70||50||38||12||0||0|
|31||Theology and Religious Studies||11.81||71||16||13||0||0|
|33||Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts||16.66||55||29||12||4||0|
¹ Our submission to Area Studies was in the area of Arabic and Islamic Studies.