The 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
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:
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.
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: