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An Analysis of British Music Research as reflected in REF2014 and RAE2008

In this section:

Foreword

The Project and Headline Conclusions

The Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Tables

Methodology and Selection Procedures

Sources

Acknowledgments


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Research Excellence Framework (REF)

In 1986 research across British universities and specialist colleges was centrally assessed for the first time and government funding was allocated according to the outcome. Similar exercises have taken place every few years, culminating in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (www.ref.ac.uk).

Research was assessed under three headings:


The high level of achievement in Music across the three categories can be seen from the results themselves. The following table gives the overall percentages achieved across the whole of Unit of Assessment 35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts:

 

4*

3*

2*

1*

Unclassified

Overall quality

29

39

24

6

2

Outputs

25.0

37.1

27.7

8.5

1.7

Impact

38.8

41.3

16.4

1.7

1.8

Environment

36.4

40.3

19.7

3.5

0.1

where starred levels reflect quality (in terms of originality, significance and rigour) as follows:
4* world-leading; 3* internationally excellent; 2* recognised internationaly; 1* recognised nationally

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