The results determine the amount of funding received by each HEI. The REF assesses research excellence through a process of peer assessment informed by appropriate quantitive indicators. The quality of each output submitted is graded as follows:. An output is the result of your investigation — it could be a conference paper, a public lecture, a conference workshop, the organisation of a conference, a journal article, an exhibition or a book which you have either written or edited. In a nutshell, impact is the effect on, change or benefit your research makes to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life beyond academia. It is an Impact evaluation ; assessing the research of British higher education institutions.
Guidance on submissions (2019/01)
Useful – Impact Case Studies?
The Research Excellence Framework was the first exercise to assess the impact of research outside of academia. As part of the Research Excellence Framework exercise, UK higher education institutions HEIs submitted 6, impact case studies demonstrating the impact of their research on wider society. These case studies provide a unique and invaluable source of information on the impact of UK research. UK higher education HE research has wide and varied benefits on the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life — both within the UK and overseas. Universities engage with a range of public, private and charitable organisations and local communities. Analysis found that these wider impacts and benefits often stem from multidisciplinary work.