Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality and impact of UK higher education institutions’ research across a wide range of disciplines every six years.

REF 2021

In REF 2021 we expect to submit to 12 Units of Assessment, submitting approximately 50% more staff than in 2014.    

All Higher Education Institutions intending to submit to REF 2021 are required to write a Code of Practice to outline their approach to the REF. Following recommendation from the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel, we have published our approved Code of Practice on our public website (see downloads).

Information regarding data protection and supporting evidence for Impact Case Studies can also be found to the right, under downloads.

For CCCU staff, further information and resources are available on our internal REF website.

In REF 2021, CCCU will be submitting to the folowing 12 Units of Assessment:


Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy   


 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience


 Biological Sciences




Politics and International Studies




Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism


English Language and Literature




Theology and Religious Studies


Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film & Screen Studies


Communications, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management


REF 2014

Nearly 90% of research at Canterbury Christ Church University was recognised as world leading or internationally significant.

All subject areas submitted to REF2014 demonstrated world leading research and 88% of the total research submitted was accredited to the top three grades of world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

The areas of particular research excellence included;

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Education
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

In the two subject areas of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism and Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts over 15% of research work submitted achieved world leading classification.

A full breakdown of the 2014 results for CCCU is available on the REF website


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