Consultation outcome

Research Excellence Framework review: call for evidence

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Detail of feedback received

We received 301 unique responses from a wide range of interested parties, including:

  • higher education institutions
  • individuals
  • professional bodies
  • representative bodies
  • learned societies

We also received responses from 40 interviews with higher education professionals and research users.

See the detailed summary of responses.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


We're seeking views on the future shape of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) as part of Lord Stern's independent review.


Consultation description

Government has asked Lord Nicholas Stern to lead an independent review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The review is examining how university research funding can be allocated more efficiently so that universities can focus on carrying out world-leading research.

The review has already received many helpful inputs through the community’s response to the Higher Education green paper consultation questions on the REF. This call for evidence is to explore some of the issues raised and investigate ways in which a simpler, lighter-touch, system for the REF might be developed.

See the terms of reference.