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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

To distribute funds selectively on the basis of quality, the four UK higher education funding bodies – the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Education, Northern Ireland – assess universities’ research through a periodic exercise.

This was previously known as the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), last conducted in 2008. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework has replaced the RAE.

On the basis of the results of REF, the four UK higher education funding bodies will allocate around £2bn of research funding per year, from 2015-16 onwards.

Taking into account both quality and the number of academics within a discipline - Nottingham's status was again confirmed as a world-class institution.

"This is a powerful confirmation both of Nottingham as a global research-intensive university, and of the quality, breadth and impact of our research. It is not just affirmation of quality, but quality at scale. 

It’s a reflection of sustained and continuing investment in our research base, and most of all it’s a reflection of the talent, dedication and sheer hard work of colleagues here. I offer my congratulations to all of them on this tremendous outcome."

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor

 

 

Latest REF rankings

Nottingham is ranked eighth in the UK on a measure of ‘research power’, which takes into account both the quality of research and the number of research-active staff who made REF returns.

  • More than 97 per cent of research at the University is recognised internationally, with wide-ranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment.
  • More than 80 per cent of Nottingham research is ranked in the highest categories ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • REF divides academic research into 36 subject areas, or ‘Units of Assessment’ (UoAs). Nottingham submitted 32 returns in 29 units, underlining its status as a comprehensive university.
  • In 16 of those units, the University features in the UK top ten by research power.

 

Faculty breakdown

Faculty of Arts

In the Faculty of Arts at Nottingham, more than 97 per cent of research is of international quality according to REF, with 72 per cent graded as ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent’. Five of the 11 units submitted were in the top ten by research power.

Faculty of Engineering

In the Faculty of Engineering, more than 98 per cent of research is of international quality, with 85 per cent graded as ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent’. One of the two units submitted was in the top ten by research power.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

In the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, more than 97 per cent of research is of international quality, with 79 per cent graded as ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent’. Two of the five units submitted were in the top ten by research power.

Faculty of Science

In the Faculty of Science, more than 98 per cent of research is of international quality, with 88 per cent graded as ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent’. Four of the six units submitted were in the top ten by research power.

Faculty of Social Science

In the Faculty of Social Sciences, more than 96 per cent of research is of international quality, with 74 per cent graded as ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent’. Four of the eight units submitted were in the top ten by research power.

 

Top 10 universities ranked by research power

2014 rank Organisation
1 UCL
2 Oxford
3 Cambridge
4 Edinburgh
5 Manchester
6 Kings College London
7 Imperial College London
8 Nottingham
9 Bristol
10 Leeds

 

 

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