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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system which assesses research at UK Higher Education Institutions by discipline, based on three elements: outputs, impact and environment. These blogposts are based upon an impact case study that contributed to St Andrews’ outstanding results this REF cycle.

Whispers from psychiatry’s past

Rab Houston is a professor in the School of History, who researches the history of psychiatry. In recent years this has taken a public engagement focus, with Rab focusing on a REF impact case study called ‘Promoting…

REF 2021 Information events for staff

Research & Innovation Services (RIS) are organising a series of events around the University in February and March to update staff on the upcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF). There will be two types of events.…

REF 2021 Guidance published

The UK funding bodies have published the final guidance on submission, Panel criteria and working methods and guidance on code of practice for REF 2021 on 31 January 2019. (REF 2021 Guidance)

REF 2021 – draft guidance and criteria published

The REF2021 draft ‘Guidance on submissions’, ‘Panel criteria and working methods’ and ‘Codes of practice guidance’ have now been published on the REF 2021 website ( for consultation. Draft guidance on…