The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
The REF aims to provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment, provide benchmarking information and informing the allocation of funding to support research. We submitted 24 subject-based Units of Assessment (UOA) to REF.
Our research brings together the leading minds in their fields who work collaboratively across departments and with our partners to develop new ways of thinking that have a positive impact on societal and global challenges.
90%world-leading or internationally excellent research.
88%world-leading or internationally excellent outputs.
90%world-leading or internationally excellent research impact.
97%world-leading or internationally excellent research environment.
90 per cent of our research rated 'world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent’
Six Durham subject areas were in the UK top ten for the overall quality of their research including: Geography (1st), Archaeology (2nd), Education (2nd), and Classics (4th), Theology and Religious Studies (8th) and Sport (10th).
The depth and breadth of our research was demonstrated by more than 1,000 research staff whose research was submitted in 24 different subject areas - an increase of 44 per cent in staff numbers since REF 2014. Full results can be found on the REF 2021 website.
Research into consumer behavioural profiling and impulse buying has enabled marketing agencies and companies to build new marketing toolkits.
93%of our Science research outputs are world-leading or internationally excellent.
198%increase in research power in our Business School.
4 out of 8 departments in Social Sciences and Health are in the top ten for research quality.
5out of 7 departments in Arts and Humanities are in the top ten for research power.
Code of Practice
Our Code of Practice sets out the processes we used to prepare our submission. It aims to put in place processes that are fair, transparent and robust, and which support the institution’s legal and regulatory obligations.