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Research Excellence Framework 2021

In REF 2021 almost all (91%) of the Department's research activity was judged as being internationally excellent, with 50% being world-leading. More specifically,

  • 55% of our research outputs were judged as being world-leading, 41.7% as internationally excellent and 3.3% as internationally recognised;
  • 66.7% of our impact cases studies were judged as world leading and the remaining 33.3% as internationally excellent;
  • 50% of our research environment we assessed as internationally excellent and teh remaining 50% as internationally recognised.

View the results in full on the REF2021 website.

The Department submitted three case studies, demonstrating the range of impact of the department's research:

The Department has improved considerably compared to REF 2014 by achieving a GPA (grade point average) of 3.41, which ranks us 23rd in a competitive discipline with 90 UK institutions (see Times Higher Education for the full rankings).