The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The School is committed to ensuring equality and diversity in all its REF preparations.

REF2021 preparations

UK funding bodies have published draft guidance on submissions, draft panel criteria and draft guidance on REF codes of practice. LSE responded to the consultation in October 2018.

Guidance on the REF open access policy has been clarified: see details of how to ensure your outputs are eligible for REF 2021.

The School's preparations for REF are overseen by the REF Strategy Committee (REFSC) and each department has appointed a REF coordinator and impact coordinator to oversee departmental planning.

LSE’s internal timetable for preparing for REF2021 is available now, along with guidance for the first assessment exercise for research outputs and an estimate of LSE's eligible staff FTE, required outputs and impact case studies per unit of assessment

Funding is available to support individuals to produce 3* and 4* REF outputs and  potential REF impact case studies.

Important documents related to LSE’s REF preparations will be posted here once available.

For advice and guidance on the REF, contact Jo Hemmings.

Deposit research in LSE Research Online for REF2021

All refereed journal articles and conference papers published in proceedings with an ISSN must be deposited in LSERO within three months of the date of acceptance, in order for these outputs to be eligible for the next REF.

To ensure compliance forward your accepted manuscript along with your acceptance email to

For all other research outputs, send details to and they will ensure your publication list is up to date.

Ensure your research is eligible for REF2021


  • refereed journal articles
  • refereed conference proceedings


  • within three months of acceptance


Impact in the REF

Impact forms a significant element of the REF. To see how research at LSE is making a difference, visit LSE's research impact website.

To see all of the impact case studies submitted to REF2014 from across UK higher education institutions, visit the REF Impact Website.

Funding to support potential REF impact case studies is available, as is LSE's guidance on procedures for the production and selection of impact case studies.

For advice and guidance on impact contact Dr Rachel Middlemass.

Equality and diversity in the REF

The School is committed to ensuring equality and diversity in all its REF preparations. For REF2014 a code of practice was developed and approved by the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel (EDAP).

The School’s REF Strategy Committee also undertook an equality impact assessment for REF2014.

Details of how the School will ensure equality and diversity for REF2021 will be posted here once available.

REF2014 results

LSE confirmed its position as a world-leading research university, with an outstanding performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

View LSE’s REF2014 results.

For REF2014 submission and results from across UK higher education institutions, visit the REF2014 website.


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