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.
|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|
- University of Plymouth to receive increased funding for research 27 March 2015
- National recognition for the University of Plymouth medical research 29 January 2015
- Plymouth recognised for world-leading clinical medicine research 18 December 2014
- From medicine to music - world-class research across the board at the University of Plymouth 18 December 2014
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:
- REF 2014: Results and preliminary analysis - quality and power rankings
Unit of assessment tables
Times Higher Education (THE)
Leading commentaries and editorials
For further information on the latest findings from the results analysed:
- Research Fortnight Research Fortnight's REF Special issue*
- Times Higher Education REF 2014 winners: who performed best?
- Guardian HE Network Ref 2014: which subjects are producing the best research?
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