University of Salford Manchester


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK  higher education institutions (HEIs) replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies. The purpose of the REF is to

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

HEFCE Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

In December 2016 the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published a document that set out the proposals of the four UK higher education funding bodies for the REF. The proposals sought to build on the first REF in 20214 and to incorporate Lord Stern’s Review of the REF. Responses  were invited from higher education institutions and groups/organisations with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research and the deadline was 17th March 2017. Here you can view and download the University of Salford’s submitted response.