Research Excellence Framework: Panel criteria and working methods

Research Excellence Framework: Panel criteria and working methods

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs).

This document sets out the assessment criteria and working methods of the main and sub-panels for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The final panel criteria and working methods set
out in this document have been revised, in the light of responses to ‘Consultation on draft panel criteria and working methods’ (REF 03.2011), from July to October 2011.

This document should therefore be read alongside REF 02.2011. Together, the two documents give a comprehensive description of the information required in submissions to the REF, and how the REF panels will assess submissions.

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