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: