REF2014 HE results and analysis

HE results

The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014), carried out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), were published on 18 December 2014.

They highlighted that all areas submitted by Plymouth University included world-leading research, achieving the highest rating possible - scoring four stars.

Resources for internal staff and students

A full version of the results table, and our internal results analysis, is available to our researchers on the University's intranet (log in required).

Classification Overall quality profile description
4* World-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour
3* Internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence
2* Recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
1* Recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
U/C Unclassified Work not meeting published definition of research for the purposes of the REF or which falls below national standards

Rankings

Understanding what these results mean, for HE institutions in terms of future research funding in the UK, is best demonstrated using rankings.

Research Fortnight and Times Higher Education have applied their own sector analysis to produce rankings that have been used by universities:

Research Fortnight

Times Higher Education (THE)