Research Excellence Framework 2014

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in higher education institutions in the UK, and was operated for the first time in 2014. It replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which had operated periodically between 1992 and 2008.

We have has submitted to every research assessment since 1992 and we have been very pleased to see the quality and scale of our research activity grow over that time. We continue to invest in and support a broad portfolio of excellent research, and the generation of real-world impact that can truly make a difference, which will in turn mean that we can continue to demonstrate our upward trajectory to the next REF, presently expected in 2021.

12 of the 15 subject areas submitted by Anglia Ruskin University were rated as world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014

  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
  • Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
  • History
  • Law
  • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Social Work and Social Policy

Overall, our improved performance translated into Quality Related income from the government of nearly £2.2m in 2014/15. This was double what we had been allocated the previous year.

View our REF 2014 results in full here

Our REF 2014 Code of Practice Governing the Selection of Staff for Inclusion in Submissions to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 set out the parameters for our selection of staff, and in accordance with REF requirements was published on the REF website in early 2015. In our Code of Practice, we also undertook to publish our Equality Impact Assessment in early 2014, which can be accessed by clicking the link.