The Research Excellence Framework is the successor to the Research Assessment Exercise, a method of assessing the research of British higher education institutions. The results of REF 2014 have been released today and there has already been much written on their significance and speculation about any future for the REF in its current form. As a starting point, here are some links to various sources for the results and this analysis.
2) The Conversation UK has run several articles today:
The impact of impact on the REF by Anthony Kelly, Professor of Education and Head of Southampton Education School at University of Southampton.
Q&A: what is the REF and how is the quality of university research measured? by Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Important research is being left behind – here’s how a change to the funding system could help by Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor at University of Cumbria
3) The LSE Impact of Social Sciences carried a blog by the Head of Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Steven Hill, Time for REFlection: HEFCE look ahead to provide rounded evaluation of the REF
4) The Times Higher Education website has all the results listed as well, see also the printed copy which will be in the Library shortly.
5) There is also a report on Oxford’s placings in the tables on the University website, while many universities have also published articles on their results.