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      Research Excellence Framework


      Research Excellence Framework

      The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is another example of a single topic ranking.

      REF is national exercise to evaluate research quality. Submissions from each subject area are given a rank that informs the allocation of quality weighted research funding (QR) received from the funding council.

      The most recent REF results were published in December 2014. They rank quality and impact of our research. Newcastle's results are shown in the table below: 

       Sector rankingRussell Group ranking
      Measure of Quality (Grade Point Average) 26 20
      Measure of Power 16 16

      Find out more about Newcastle's research excellence