The 研究 Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality and impact of research in UK universities.

The most recent REF results, 2022年5月出版, demonstrate 银河正规网址’s global excellence with 88% of research rated as world leading or internationally excellent.


  • 88% of research rated world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)
  • 7th in the UK for 工程 research power
  • 7th in the UK for research impact in Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science
  • 7th in the UK for research impact in 商业与管理

Work from 348 FTE researchers was submitted to the REF 2021. The results compliment 克兰菲尔德’s established position as a partner of choice.

As an institution 克兰菲尔德 also has the second highest income of all UK universities in terms of income per FTE from industry (source: HESA 2019/20 data).

克兰菲尔德’s global research excellence

The University’s research was submitted for REF in three Units of Assessment (UoA):

  • Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science
  • 商业与管理
  • 工程

银河正规网址 is well-known throughout the world as a centre for dynamic and pioneering research which is actively applied to industry and societal challenges. 在每个领域, the institution was assessed on the sub-categories of outputs, impact and research environment.

在农业, Food and Veterinary Science, 克兰菲尔德 saw increases in its Grade Point Average across all sub-categories of assessment and was ranked 7th in the UK for its research impact.

工程, which is a new Unit of Assessment in 2021, was ranked 7th in the UK for research power.

商业与管理 increased its ranking for research impact, ranked 7th in the UK out of 108 institutions.


The REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies: 研究 England, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for the Economy, 北爱尔兰(DfE).

The funding bodies aim to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education. The results of the REF are used to inform the allocation of around £2billion of research funding per year. 157 UK universities took part in the most recent REF.

了解更多 about what the REF is and how it works.