Research Excellence Framework

As the 2014 REF census date approaches, Paul Jump talks to the architects of previous rounds of assessment about how it all began and their views on the research excellence framework

17 October

The research excellence framework risks turning British economics into “a purely quaint academic subject with no connection to the real world”, an academic paper has warned.

10 July

Paul Magrs was flabbergasted when an institution he hadn’t heard from in years asked if it could use his work to show impact. Here is his reply

25 April

Artistic practice can certainly be research - but the present model in UK universities is confused and lacks intellectual rigour, argues Nicholas Till

7 March

The proportion of staff submitted by each unit of assessment to the 2014 research excellence framework will become clear for the first time after the Higher Education Statistics Agency announced it will release statistics on the number of academics eligible to be submitted.

9 January

Joined-up thinking across theory and practice could revolutionise our public services, says Jonathan Shepherd

3 January

The REF is coming and many institutions are looking to poach premier league researchers to boost their scores (and income) before it is too late. Elizabeth Gibney takes a look at the recruitment ‘feeding frenzy’

1 November

When the 2014 research excellence framework was being devised to take into account real-world impact, relocating a long-established university nursery to make way for such research was probably not what its designers had in mind.

28 June