Department of History of Art

Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework), the department was ranked 7th among History of Art departments for world-leading (4*) research. Overall, 97.1% of our research was judged as being of international quality in terms ‘originality, significance and rigour.’

The department ranked highly on all three main criteria of assessment:

  • Outputs (i.e. our publications): 35.3% were ranked as ‘world-leading’ with a further 32.3% considered internationally excellent.
  • Impact outside the academic world: 30% of our external activities were ranked as world-leading and a further 60% as internationally excellent.
  • Research Environment: 30% was scored as internationally excellent.

What is REF?

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (it replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) last conducted in 2008).

The 2014 REF was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL). 


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Official REF data


Department of History of Art

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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