Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about the Research Excellence Framework. If you still have questions, please contact us.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the peer review assessment of the quality of research taking place at eligible UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that will be used to distribute HEFCE quality-related research (QR) funding.
The assessment period for REF2014 was 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2013. The University made its REF2014 submission to HEFCE by 29 November 2013, the REF panel assessment took place in 2014 and the results were published in December 2014.
The census date for staff was 31 October 2013. On this date, two classifications of staff associated with the University were eligible for submission in REF2014: Category A (academics) and Category C (honoraries).
Category A staff
Category A staff are defined as academic staff with a contract of employment of 0.2 FTE or greater and on the payroll of the submitting HEI on the census date (31 October 2013), and whose primary employment function is to undertake either ‘research only’ or ‘teaching and research’.
Category C staff
Category C staff are defined as individuals employed by an organisation other than an HEI, whose contract or job role (as documented by their employer) includes the undertaking of research, and whose research is primarily focused in the submitting unit on the census date (31 October 2013).
Each submission to a single UoA consisted of five forms covering staff data, research outputs, impact, environment data and an environment narrative.
The research income data is data that is submitted annually by the University to HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency). HEFCE sends this data back to us in order to verify it and allocate it to UOAs.
Research degrees awarded are returned to HESA by the HEI that registered the students. This HEI should include the research degrees awarded in their REF submission.
Professor Atulya Nagar
Chair REFSG and Designated REF main contact for Liverpool Hope University
T: 0151 291 3930