The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a peer assessment of the quality of UK higher education research in all disciplines that takes place every six years. Impact is defined as ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, …or quality of life, beyond academia’. The Jubilee Centre submitted a case study of its impact that detailed research produced by staff which identified the social, policy, and educational impacts that have taken place beyond academia and which are underpinned by internationally recognised research. Developing a ‘provable’ story by putting together causal links to demonstrate that research has led impact is an extremely challenging task.
Overall quality profile: Definitions of starred levels
- Four star Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- Three star Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
- Two star Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- One star Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.
The Centre is delighted to announce that this week (12/5/22) it was graded 4 Star – the highest grade possible for its research impact since the Centre’s creation in 2012. This is national recognition of our research and impact on character education.