Research excellence: what is it and how can universities achieve it?

Research metrics can be helpful but offer a very narrow view, often prizing quantity over quality. So, as UK higher education turns its attention to the research excellence framework (REF) results, this collection examines how institutions globally can improve the quality and impact of their research, looking beyond the numbers to the broader impact on society as a whole.

A confused signpost

How I plan to get through REF results day

If the results don’t deliver what we think we’ve earned, it will be a blow, but it won’t change the fact that what we do matters, says John McKendrick

John McKendrick

Glasgow Caledonian University