Response to the UK funding councils consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

Consultations and responses
23 March 2017

Universities UK welcomes the recognition by the funders that the Research Excellence Framework's (REF) primary focus is identifying research excellence, and is not intended to become an audit of all research produced in UK universities.

We strongly support an overall continuity of approach with REF 2014, wherever possible.

We support the principles set out by Lord Stern and the direction of travel that his review set out for research assessment. However, work needs to be done to ensure that the additional burden of any changes is proportionate to the perceived benefits, and that those principles can be put into operation in a coherent and effective way.

News

UUK response to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

21 January 2021
UUK has responded to government’s interim response to the Augar review, post-qualifications admissions consultation and TEF

UUK response to announcement that the UK and EU have agreed a deal on a future trade agreement

24 December 2020
UUK has responded to the announcement that the UK and EU have agreed a deal on a future trade agreement.

Blog

Student working on a bike

Funding for adult learners will boost the UK's economic recovery

30 September 2020
UUK's Julie Tam takes a look at the prime minister's announcement of a lifetime skills allowance, and what it means for the economy, society, and individuals.

General election 2019: what the parties say on higher education

27 November 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur takes a look at the policy commitments on higher education in party manifestos ahead of the general election.