Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It will replace the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014.

The Research and Enterprise Development REF Team will use this area of the website to report on our REF plans and progress, and to draw attention to news items and announcements.

For all enquiries relating to the REF, please contact the REF helpdesk at

See information about the Open Access requirements for the post-2014 REF.