Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation (R&I) consists of teams of specialist advisors dedicated to maximising the University's research income, identifying and nurturing impact and facilitating interactions with external organisations. R&I are the first point of contact for business, facilitating access to the University's expertise for Consultancy and Continuing Professional Development.

R&I works closely with colleagues in the University's Schools and has detailed knowledge of their research interests and expertise.  Dedicated resource is provided to each of our Schools.

Research Governance Handbook

All stakeholders in research should be familiar with the University Handbook for Research Governance and the information contained on this page.

For research staff and students seeking more information in relation to clinical research, please visit the following link:


PURE is a web-based system that captures a wide range of research-related outcomes, impact and activities and promotes the University’s research excellence to the wider community.

PURE organises content in a relational way to build links between people, grants, publications, impacts and datasets.  It is a dynamic and productive source of information which underpins many of the University’s processes. PURE also synchronises with other university systems to provide a connected view of research activity at the University of Aberdeen.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF), was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise. The purpose of REF is:

  • To provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment.
  • To provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use within the HE sector and for public information.
  • To inform the selective allocation of funding for research. 

For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed: the quality of outputs (e.g. publications, performances, and exhibitions), their impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research.