The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an independent review of the quality of research in the UK's Higher Education institutions. It's the benchmark of a university's research success.

Find out more about the research we're working on now.

The REF results are important because they:

  • Show the quality of our research
  • Expand our reputation
  • Show how effectively we spend our research funding
  • Help us make our case for further funding


Purpose of REF

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new peer review process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that will be used to allocate HEFCE quality-related research (QR) funding from 2015-16. The results of REF 2014 will replace the outcomes of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE08).

The REF was undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies and it:

  • Informs the selective allocation of research funding to HEIs
  • Provides benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks
  • Provides accountability for public investment in research and demonstrate its benefits

Management of REF

Professor Tara Dean, Director of Research led the coordination of the University of Portsmouth’s submission for REF 2014, supported by Associate Deans of Research in each of our five colleagues and many other colleagues.


General queries and information about the REF process and criteria:

Denise Teasdale, Research Manager

For Technical queries, REF database:

Kevin Pogorzelski, REF Officer

Impact case study queries:

Dee Summers, Research Impact Officer

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