research excellence framework

evidencing impact beyond academia

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system to asses the quality of research in the UK and its impact and application beyond academia. This process maintains transparency and accountability and, sets national benchmarks for allocation of future public funding and investment. The REF assessment process measures: the quality of research outputs; the impact of research beyond academia, and; the research environment.

REF 2021

Following the success of our 2014 submission as highlighted on this page, the university is now preparing to submit to REF 2021. Find out how we are expanding and enhancing our research base through our institutes and centres by following the link below.

Dr Rachel Julian, Reader in Peace Studies

Rising research power

Our REF2014 results clearly evidenced Leeds Beckett's commitment to lead the way in addressing some of the pressing challenges of modern life. We have demonstrated our progress on expanding and enhancing our research base through our Institutes and Centres, creating a strong and sustainable research environment for our staff and students and evidencing the impact we make through our applied research.

Over a quarter of academic staff at the university submitted work over eleven areas of research, demonstrating the breadth of work taking place here at Leeds Beckett. In terms of the 'research power' calculation, which accounts for both the quality and the quantity of research, Leeds Beckett came second in the country for Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism – up from third in 2008 - with 59% of the research submitted being assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. It also came in the top ten in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit. The university’s results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit – which it entered for the first time - were also noteworthy, with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

2nd

in the country for 'research power' in the area of Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism.

REF 2014
37%

of research rated world leading or internationally excellent in the area of Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.

REF 2014

We are committed to having all academic staff at the university engaged in research

Professor Andrew Slade, Deputy Vice Chancellor, discusses the research profile of our university

Professor Andrew Slade

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