For Staff


In March 2006 the government announced that RAE 2008 would be the last research assessment exercise in the current form. RAE will be replaced by the Research Excellence Framework (REF). REF will be managed by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) on behalf of the four UK higher education funding councils.

Have a look at the REF website for the latest information from HEFCE and on the University's arrangement for managing and developing our submission to REF2014.

A powerpoint presentation on the University's planned approach to the REF2014 is now available. View powerpoint slides (campus or remote access only)

REFNET - is the University's email network for anyone interested in the REF, but not directly involved in the submission process as either a Unit of Assessment leader or deputy or in a REF-supporting role. If you would like to join please email

Please send any queries you may have about the REF at Leeds to


REF2014: Code of Practice

Following discussions at Senate, the University’s Code of Practice for REF2014 has now been submitted.

REF2014 open meeting

An open meeting for staff will be held on Tuesday 10 January 2012 to explain the University’s approach to REF2014 in more detail.

Draft University guide to REF2014

The University's draft guide to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 is available for your information.

REF panel criteria published – comments wanted

The draft REF2014 Panel Criteria and Working Methods which describe how the REF panels propose to assess submissions to REF2014 have been published for consultation.

REF2014 Guidance on Submissions published

The REF2014 Guidance on Submissions has been published and is available on the HEFCE website.

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