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REF-eligible staff: Research Review Exercise 2016-17

(18 January 2017)

The Research Review Exercise(RRE) has launched. RRE-eligible staff have until midnight on Monday 30 January 2017 to update output selections by proposing and ranking the outputs that they believe are likely to be judged internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*) and providing supporting text. 

About RRE 2016/17

The RRE is an annual mandatory exercise for all REF-eligible staff. It consists of peer review of outputs, providing grades for the quality of key individual research outputs published since 1 January 2014. 

The RRE is designed to be one element of our research strategy to help raise the quality of research performance across the University, and to improve the quality of internal management information. It also makes preparations easier for future REF evaluation exercises. 

What do I need to do?

Please log into Pure (with your normal University username and password) and use the RRE tab to update your output selection by proposing and ranking all of the outputs that you believe are likely to be judged 3* or 4*. There is no minimum requirement for the number of outputs. It is recognised that this means some staff may have no new outputs this year. You will need to provide output-supporting text for each output that you rank.

Staff have not been asked to update ‘Esteem/ Activities’ and ‘Impact’ this year. 


The deadline for selecting and ranking outputs for theRRE is midnight on Monday 30 January 2017. From February to May, all ranked outputs will be peer-reviewed and graded using the REF quality levels (Unclassified, 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*). Outputs graded in previous RREs will not be re-scored. From early June 2017, after review is complete, staff will be able to see the grade awarded to each of their outputs. 


  • For more information, ‘how to’ guides and FAQs, please visit the RRE webpages on Staffnet.
  • For support about Pure more generally including updating your research profile, visit the Pure webpages on Staffnet.