Research Students and Staff

REF 2014

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Over 60% of research submitted by the University to REF2014 is rated as world-leading and internationally excellent. In two subject areas respectively - Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, and Physics - 90% and 89% of all research submitted was rated as world leading and internationally excellent.

In seven out of the 15 units of assessment we submitted, the impact of our research is rated as outstanding and very considerable in terms of both its reach and significance. These areas include: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy; Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Earth Systems and Environmental Studies; Computer Science and Informatics; Business and Management Studies; Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management.

Follow the links below to read more about the results in each of our units of assessment:

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Purpose of REF

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new peer review process for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that will be used to allocate HEFCE quality-related research (QR) funding from 2015-16. The results of REF2014 will replace the outcomes of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE08).

The REF was undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies and it:

  • Informs the selective allocation of research funding to HEIs
  • Provides benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks
  • Provides accountability for public investment in research and demonstrate its benefits

Management of REF

Professor Tara Dean, Director of Research led the coordination of the University of Portsmouth’s submission for REF2014, supported by Associate Deans of Research in each of our five colleagues and many other colleagues.


General queries and information about the REF process and criteria:
Denise Teasdale, Research Manager
For technical queries, REF database:
Kevin Pogorzelski, REF Officer
Impact Case Study queries:
Dee Summers, Research Impact Officer

Code of Practice pdf 324kb

The University has a Code of Practice to ensure a fair and transparent selection process for its researchers, in accordance with Government guidelines this is published here.


Equality Impact Assessment pdf 900kb

Download the Equality Impact Assessment


REF intranet pages for University of Portsmouth staff

Useful links

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