Research outputs counted for 60 per cent of the overall quality rating for each Unit of Assessment (UoA) in REF 2021.

The established tariff, based on the number of FTE submitted to a UoA, calculates the number of outputs that must be submitted. For every 1.0 FTE submitted, 2.5 outputs were required which are on the basis of ‘Originality’, ‘Rigour’ and ‘Significance’. Twelve per cent of the University’s research outputs were rated as 4* quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour and 56% as 3* which are of a quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

For REF2021, Research England introduced an Open Access policy against which all journal articles and conference proceedings published since 1 April 2016 were required to be compliant, although some exceptions are possible. Our research outputs are available on OARS - Open Access Repository Suffolk which is a digital archive of research outputs produced by University of Suffolk staff.