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Welcome to the home page of Cardiff University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).
This site has been designed to provide relevant and up to date information on the REF including how the REF will work, REF and Impact, REF timetable, Cardiff University’s REF Sub-Group and REF updates and news.


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How will REF work?

The REF will be a process of expert review, informed by indicators where appropriate. Expert sub-panels for each of 36 units of assessment (UOAs) will carry out the assessment, working under the guidance of four broad main panels.

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REF & Impact

This is a new feature of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Read more here.

REF Sub-Group

Find out more about REF Sub-Group members and the Terms of Reference.

REF Operations Group

Find out more about REF Operations Group members and the Terms of Reference.


Find out more about REF & ORCA including User Guides.




Following the announcement of a one year delay, REF timetable can be found here.

REF Information for Staff 

Click here for announcements from HEFCE, information events, mock REF, recruitment and FAQs.