In 2014 the four higher education funding bodies wrote to all institutions participating in the REF 2014, inviting feedback on the process.
Responses were received from 77 per cent of participating institutions. This feedback highlighted a range of benefits and challenges for institutions in participating in the exercise, and identified particular strengths and weaknesses of the assessment framework. A report summarising the feedback from institutions is available below.
The feedback will form a core part of our understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of the exercise, and will enable us to identify where refinements may be made in future.
Evaluating the 2014 REF: feedback from participating institutions
Read the letter asking institutions for feedback
Archive of responses to the letter (A-K)
Archive of responses to the letter (L-T)
Archive of responses to the letter (U-Z)
REF panel member feedback
A central component of the evaluation programme was feedback from the REF panels on all aspects of the exercise. This feedback is crucial to our understanding about the assessment process, and will enable us to identify where refinements may be made in future.
We have gathered feedback from the panels through focus group meetings. The focus group meetings were attended by nominated members and assessors from across the 36 sub-panels and four main panels in the REF.
A separate meeting to gather feedback specifically from research user members and assessors on the panels was held in November 2014.
The project team conducting the impact evaluation and members from the metrics review steering group also gathered views from the panel members at the focus group meetings.