Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It assesses research carried out during the period 2008–2013 and was released in 2014.

It is the successor to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

Data Content


Original data is a single xlsx spreadsheet; a CSV file of augmented data is also available as a third-party download.

Data issues

Teams did not find any issues. The original data has been augmented with additional metrics (GPA and Power Ranking) and mapped against JACS by members of the Heidi Labs community.


7643 rows of assessed academic units

Heidi Labs Information

Used by Team Rosa for benchmarking purposes.

Tableau data-source labels

  • REF2014 Results
  • REF 2014 with GPA

Outstanding Issues

None at this stage

Possible Action in the Context of the Jisc Agile BI Projects

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Last Updated 7 September 2016, 15:48 (UTC)
Created 3 June 2016, 09:04 (UTC)