Information is provided here about the Research Excellence Framework and the College's role in this.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK HEIs. It is replacing the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The REF will be undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies, to:

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


The submission deadline for REF2014 is 29 November 2013.

Full information on the REF2014, including the 2014 timetable, summary of initial decisions and information about the assessing impact pilot exercise, can be found on the University's Governance and Strategic Planning website.

REF2014 and CHSS

The 11 Schools within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) contain subject areas covering 20 Units of Assessments within Panels C and D and 1 within Panel A.

Unit of Assessment Co-ordinators have been appointed for each unit and will work closely with Directors of Research, Impact Co-ordinators, UoA Admin Co-ordinators, Knowledge Exchange Co-ordinators, Panel Members and Heads of Schools as well as many other colleagues across CHSS, CMVM and CSE.


The College achieved excellent results in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Information for staff

Unit of Assessment Co-ordinators' Forum

A Unit of Assessment (UoA) Co-ordinators' Forum website will soon be available, which will provide information about meetings, members and access to papers. Please note that access will be restricted to University of Edinburgh staff only.

REF updates

Further information for Unit of Assessment coordinators and administrative staff is available on our CHSS REF2014 wiki which can be accessed using my ed login.

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