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University completes REF2021 submission

The University has completed its submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021).

REF is hugely important to the University in terms of both funding and international reputation. A number of colleagues from across the University have been involved in pulling together the submission, including both academic and administrative colleagues.

Liverpool Hope has submitted 13 Units of Assessment, comprising 177 staff, 28 Impact Case Studies, 13 Unit-level Environment Statements and 423 Outputs. For the first time, we are also required to submit an institutional level environment statement as a preamble to the Unit's environment.

Professor Atulya Nagar, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: “Ensuring our REF submission is of the highest quality is of the utmost importance to the University. The submission is the result of the incredible hard work of all our researchers and those that support research activities.”

The results of REF2021 will be published in Spring 2022.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The first exercise was carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise. The REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies: Research England, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE).

The REF is a process of expert review, carried out by expert panels for each of the 34 subject-based Units of Assessment (UOAs), under the guidance of four main panels. Expert panels are made up of senior academics, international members and research users.

For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed: the quality of outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions) which forms 60% of the assessment, their impact beyond academia (25%) and the environment (15%) that supports research.


Published on 26/03/2021