The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the national system for examining the quality of research in UK universities. The first REF was completed in 2014, when it replaced the Research Assessment Exercise. Read the results of our 2014 submission.
The aim of the REF is to make sure the UK continues to be a world-class, dynamic and responsive centre of research across all areas of UK higher education. UK Research and Innovation expect that the three aims of REF will achieve this:
The REF is a process of expert review, carried out by panels for each of the 34 subject-based units of assessment (UOAs) and guided by four main panels.
For each submission there are three areas that are looked at:
The University’s REF2021 Code of Practice has been developed following a University-wide consultation with staff and sets out the processes for determining:
Read the approved REF2021 Code of Practice.
More information about how we prepared for the REF can be found on the Research pages of My Sunderland (password protected).
Contact REF@sunderland.ac.uk for more.