Researchers at Liverpool

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all disciplines.

The four UK higher education funding bodies allocate approximately £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research. They aim to support a dynamic and internationally competitive UK research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge.


REF 2014

The last REF was held in 2014, in which the University of Liverpool’s research power was ranked 20th in the UK, with seven subjects in the top 10. You can see the full REF results table or view results by Faculty below:

Science and Engineering

Read our case study or view the results for each unit of assessment within the Faculty.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Read our case study or view the results for each unit of assessment within the Faculty.

Health and Life Sciences

Read our case study or view the results for each unit of assessment within the Faculty.