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Research performance

Research performance

REF 2014 LogoThe Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality  of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs), and replaced 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.

In REF 2014, 154 Universities made 1,911  submissions, including over 190,000 research outputs and almost 7,000 Impact  Case Studies. The assessment of each submission consisted of three elements:

  • Research outputs - 65%
  • Impact - 20% (this will  increase in subsequent REFs)
  • Environment - 15%

More information on the REF…

RAE 2008

The University of Salford achieved an impressive set of results in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), demonstrating significant progress since 2001, when the last RAE was carried out.

In 2008 the University of Salford was placed in the top third of UK universities for research (in terms of Research Power) and returned 50% more academics than in 2001.

RAE 2008 Submissions

Submission Highlights

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The University of Salford has achieved an impressive set of results in RAE 2008, demonstrating significant progress since 2001 when the last RAE was carried out. Salford was ranked 48th in the UK in terms of research power – a measure that reflects both the quality and size of submissions. The University also returned 50% more academics than it did in 2001.

Highlights of the University’s submission included:

  • 83% of work was ‘internationally recognised’ (2* and above);
  • 43% of work was rated as ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*);
  • The Architecture & Built Environment return came top of the research power rankings, and had the most world-leading (4*) research;
  • Library & Information Management was ranked second in the research power rankings;
  • Architecture & Built Environment and Library & Information Management both achieved 25 % in the 4* category;
  • An overall grade point average of 2.36 indicated a mean standard of research of international quality.

See all the University’s quality profiles…