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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) demonstrates the world-class excellence of UK research, both in terms of academic quality and the broader societal impact.

It is a crucial tool in the distribution of funding under the dual-support system by all four of the UK higher education funding bodies.

We look forward to assisting Lord Stern’s review in an appropriate manner, including by drawing on the substantial independent reports that we have already published.  


  1. Read the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills press release 'Government launches review to improve university research funding'.