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How to use these maps

Filtering

Tab 1: Research capacity and quality in the RAE and the REF

Switch between the RAE 2008 and REF 2014 using the filter above the map.

You can filter the map by academic discipline, and there is a separate filter for discipline above the table. 

Tab 2: Research power in the REF

Above the map there is a filter where you can decide if you want to see the 10 or 20 institutions with the highest share of total research power shown on the map.

You can filter the map by academic discipline.

You can filter the table below the map by area by using the filter or by clicking on the area on the map. The institutions on the map are shown in orange in the table.

Tab 3: Change in research power between the RAE and the REF

You can filter the table by academic discipline.

Technical notes

Tab 1: Research capacity and quality in the RAE and the REF

To illustrate research capacity, the size of the circle represents the number of research outputs in each subject area. To illustrate research quality, the shade of the circle represents the percentage that was rated 3* or 4*. 

Hover over a point on the map to see which institution it is, as well as information about their research capacity and quality. 

To pan across the map, left click and drag in the desired direction. To zoom in and out use the controls in the top left hand corner of the map. 

Tab 2: Research power in the REF

Research power is defined as the number of FTE category A staff submitted, multiplied by 4 times the percentage of 4* submissions plus the percentage of 3* submissions.

To pan across the map, left click and drag in the desired direction. To zoom in and out use the controls in the top left hand corner of the map.

Hover over an institution or an area to see the share of research power.

Tab 3: Change in research power between the RAE and the REF

Research power is defined as the number of FTE category A staff submitted, multiplied by 4 times the percentage of 4* submissions plus the percentage of 3* submissions.

Hover over a bar in the chart to see the institution’s share of the total research power in the RAE and the REF, and the percentage point difference between them.

Other notes

These maps are based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and 2014 Research Excellence Framework (2014). 

The points on the map are the main campus of each institution.

‘FTE staff submitted’ is the number of ‘Full time equivalent staff’ who submitted an output. An FTE of 1 represents a full-time staff member, and those part-time are recorded with an FTE below 1.

Each member of staff could submit up to 4 submissions to the RAE. When the proportion of outputs rated 3* or 4* is applied to the FTE, this is just an indication of the number of staff at this level and so labelled ‘Notional staff FTE at 3* or 4*’.

More information

For more information about the maps, contact Sam Wright s.wright@hefce.ac.uk.