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REFlections attendees heard about a package of evidence on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 including:

  • initial analysis of the impact case studies and what they tell us about the benefits of UK research
  • a first chance to access and use the online database of impact case studies submitted to the REF 2014 exercise
  • outcomes of the evaluation of impact in the REF from the perspective of submitting institutions and assessment panels
  • feedback on the REF from institutions and members of the assessment panels
  • approach and emerging outcomes from the review of the costs, benefits and burden for institutions of REF 2014
  • reflections on wider analysis and future work, including initial recommendations from the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment.



REF evaluation programme

Kim Hackett, HEFCE

Download the REF_evaluation_programme as PDF (760 KB)

Multi- and interdisciplinary research

M’hamed Aisati, Director of SciVal Content and Analytics, Elsevier

Download the Multi_and_interdisciplinary_research as PDF (651 KB)

Analysis of REF impact case studies

Jonathan Adams, Digital Science, and Jonathan Grant, Policy Institute, King’s College London

Download the The_nature_scale_and_beneficiaries_of_research_impact as PDF (6,220 KB)

Evaluation of impact in the Research Excellence Framework

Professor Tom Ling and Catriona Manville, RAND

Download the Evaluation_of_the_impact_element_of_REF2014 as PDF (3,009 KB)

Independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management: Initial recommendations

Professor James Wilsdon, Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

Download the Independent_review_of_the_role_of_metrics as PDF (1,908 KB)

Closing plenary: Impact and the importance of dual support

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Download the Impact_and_the_importance_of_dual_support as PDF (1,333 KB)

Synopses of research presented

Initial analysis of the nature, scale and beneficiaries of research impact

Download the Synopsis_Impact_Analysis as PDF (268 KB)

The role of metrics

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Reports from the REF panels and REF team 

Download the Synopsis_REF_team_reports as PDF (136 KB)

REF reports on impact

The nature, scale and beneficiaries of research impact of UK universities

Preparing impact submissions for REF 2014: An evaluation