Research Excellence Framework (REF) at Coventry University

Research Excellence Framework (REF) at Coventry University

At Coventry University we produce research which reflects our commitment to Excellence with Impact. This means our research goes beyond enhancing academic knowledge and effects change in the wider world.

As we move towards REF2021, our challenge is to ensure that we can provide robust evidence of the reach and significance of our results, both in terms of outputs and impact.

About the REF

REF is a critical and strategic component of the university’s research activities as it benchmarks our research efforts against peer institutions at both a subject and institutional level. The expert led model of assessment takes place every 7 years and annually distributes £1.6 billion worth of public funding to support research in UK universities.

What is the REF's purpose?

  • To provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment
  • To provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use within the HE sector and for public information
  • To inform the selective allocation of funding for research

For further information on REF, visit, or email Research Excellence Unit.

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