Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Read our full REF 2021 results, learn the basics and discover our stories.

REF news

For REF 2021, 89% of the research we submitted was categorised ‘world-leading’ (40.6%) or ‘internationally excellent’ (48.4%).

Also, 93% of our research impact was assessed to be ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ – up from 80.7% in 2014.

Read the official Sussex announcements relating to REF 2021, including:

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