The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and the impact of research on the wider world outside of academia, including benefits to the economy, the environment, society, and public policy or services.
The University aims to continue its success with a REF 2021 return that demonstrates the excellent research produced by our staff and the impact that our research has made on society and the economy.
We will showcase the depth of our research by entering units of assessment across all main panels, with our submissions prepared in accordance with our REF 2021 Code of Practice.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) showed that USW has doubled the amount of its research rated as world leading.
Half of USW research is of world leading or internationally excellent standard providing practical solutions for culture, society and the economy, defined in REF terms as its impact.