The UK’s national Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment is looming. The formal deadline is in 2021, but many will be already feeling the pressures in their institutions and departments to be making sense of their work in terms of REF’s metrics and procedures.
I’ve found myself entangled in this world of REF recently and wanting to be able to make comparisons between institutions and their “Units of Assessment” (REFs classification of research disciplines and fields).
Using this publicly available data, I’ve built a little tool to see how an institution’s unit of assessment did in the last assessment (circa 2014) and view this against other UoA results.
You can compare your own institution’s Sociology or Computer Science scores against others’ in terms of Outputs, Impact and Environment (the REF assessment profiles).
I post this sensitive to the troubles and complications that come with enacting academic life using these systems of accounting. I’m grateful to Effie Le Moignan for reminding me of the troubles.