Universities, and especially the research elite, faced a choice between aiming for highest quality scores and the greatest number of staff submitted

The director of a partnership of research-intensive universities is upbeat about future outlook

LSE pro-director also calls for metrics to measure impact

Findings reveal the total cost to institutions of attempting to articulate impact

Funding gains for smaller universities ‘risks UK research quality’

REF-based distribution of £1.6bn research pot results in some big changes

Informing government policy was the most common kind of impact submitted to the 2014 research excellence framework, a study has found

Dominic Dean has a plan to make future assessment exercises easier, quicker and better

Division as scholars analyse Hefce’s system for dividing £1 billion QR pot

England’s funding council has changed the formula for distributing quality-related research funding following the research excellence framework

The REF’s formal assessment of the impact of academic work was highly controversial in theory: how did it play out in practice?

Sector challenged to share data on REF costs and come up with less ‘disingenuous’ figure than official estimates

The standards of research and teaching would be best protected by department-based reviews, argues Roger Brown

Jargon demanded by REF ‘risks isolating universities from rest of society’

Report finds new measures did make exercise more inclusive but panels differed in numbers of scholars submitted with reduced outputs

Submission patterns reveal how institutions responded to rules

REF analysis suggests that new system for allocating funds has ‘no correspondence with excellence in research impact’

Study finds variations by seniority, subject and institutional mission in scholars’ published opinions on the research excellence framework

Uplift in research quality in main panel A raises fears that funding could be concentrated at a handful of universities

The exercise was robust and positive, says Willy Maley, who found work on the English subpanel to be like ‘a well-run exam board’

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