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​Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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

The REF is a process of expert review, carried out by expert panels for each of the 34 subject-based units of assessment (UOA​s), under the guidance of four main panels.  

The University made a submission to the most recen​t assessment exercise, REF2021, on 31 March 2021, comprising 13 Units of Assessment.

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The results of REF2021 were published on 12 May 2022. 

See highlights from REF 2021 results here >

The next exercise is due to be conducted in 2029. 

Further information here >​

Please contact REFteam@napier.ac.uk for more information.​​