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Quality profiles

Sub-panels assessed the research submitted against the published criteria. They then made a recommendation to the main panel for endorsement. The judgement indicates the proportion of the research that met each of four quality levels or is unclassified. In each case, the panel took account of three overarching components of the submission - research outputs, research environment and indicators of esteem. The results are published as a graded profile for each UOA for each submission. An example of quality profiles for two hypothetical submissions is below.

Unit of assessment A Full-time equivalent research staff submitted for assessment Percentage of research activity in the submission judged to meet the standard for:
4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
University X 50 15 25 40 15 5
University Y 20 0 5 40 45 10

The quality levels are defined as:

4* Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour
3* Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence
2* Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
1* Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment