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Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that research undertaken at The Open University is both world-leading and has an impact in the real world.

The OU submitted to 21 Units of Assessment in REF 2021.

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The OU’s REF 2021 submission was coordinated by the Research, Enterprise & Scholarship (RES) Unit. The PVC Research and Innovation, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, is accountable for the OU’s REF submission.