HESA to publish proportion of staff submitted to REF

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has pledged to publish data that will indicate what proportion of staff has been submitted by each unit of assessment to the Research Excellence Framework.

Within a week following publication by the funding bodies of the REF 2014 outcomes, HESA will publish the count of total full-time equivalents (FTE) of staff identified as eligible to be submitted to the REF 2014 separated into each REF ‘Unit of Assessment’ within each UK HE institution.

This data will be made freely available to the general public via the HESA website one week after the REF results in December 2014, and will indicate whether departments chose to submit only a small proportion of their best researchers.