The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in higher education institutions. The last REF, undertaken in 2014, found examples of ‘world-leading’ research in all ten subject areas, or Units of Assessment (UoAs), to which Canterbury Christ Church University submitted work. Over 90% of our submission was assessed as being of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally recognised’ standard.

The current REF exercise is taking place throughout 2021, with results expected in April 2022. We have submitted the work of over 220 of our staff across 12 Units of Assessment, growing the number of staff included by circa 50% since REF 2014. Our submission includes 469 of our best research outputs and 26 case studies of our most significant and far-reaching impact. It also includes descriptions of our research environment, strategy and culture, both institutionally, and in each of our UoAs. The Units of Assessment to which we have submitted our work are:

  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy (UoA 3)
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (UoA 4)
  • Biological Sciences (UoA 5)
  • Law (UoA 18)
  • Politics and International Studies (UoA 19)
  • Education (UoA 23)
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism (UoA 24)
  • English Language and Literature (UoA 27)
  • History (UoA 28)
  • Theology and Religious Studies (UoA 31)
  • Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies (UoA 33)
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management (UoA34) 

Details of the REF 2021 exercise can be found here.