The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research carried out in universities and other higher education institutions. Expert panels of senior academics, international members and research users review 34 subject-based areas or units of assessment.
For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed:
- the quality of outputs: publications, performances and exhibitions
- the environment that supports research
- the impact of the research
The REF is important for providing accountability for and demonstrating the benefits of public investment into research, as well as providing benchmark information within higher education and informing fund allocation.
Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Steve Rothberg said: "It’s been incredibly hard work but it’s been a real privilege to shape submissions describing the excellent research that we do here and its impact on society. It has also been a real pleasure to see colleagues across Schools and Professional Services working together so effectively over such a long period. A true team effort delivered in really challenging times for so many of us, for which I am very grateful. I’m clear that we have made the best submission we possibly could have done, so now it is time to be patient while the sub-panels, including 13 Loughborough colleagues, do their job. Results are due in April 2022."
This year the University has submitted 16 units of assessments – congratulations to all colleagues who have been involved in this process.
More information on the REF is available here.