Research performance in UK universities is measured by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) which takes place over a seven-year time period. 

It is an exhaustive measure of the value delivered by a university's research portfolio.

The REF has a direct bearing on the Quality-related Research (QR) funding the University receives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

These results will help us secure our research base and continue to build our reputation as one of the world’s leading research universities.

University of York performance

The University of York performed strongly in the most recent REF, carried out in 2014, with results placing the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research.

The proportion of research activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education institutions for the impact of its research. Eight of the University’s academic departments were ranked in the top five for their subject while twelve were in the top ten in terms of impact.*

Previous research assessments

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014, excluding specialist institutions which submitted fewer than four units of assessment