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REF 2014 Results

World-class research recognised at The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a leading international institution carrying out world-class research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Nottingham is ranked 8th 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’ – up from 58 per cent the last time the exercise was carried out in 2008.

The amount of Nottingham research regarded as ‘world-leading’ has almost doubled – increasing from 18 per cent to 31.6 per cent.

Results of the REF, an assessment of the quality and volume of research at 154 UK universities, confirm Nottingham’s place in the top tier of the world’s elite higher education institutions.

Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, said: “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.”


Significant impact

For the first time, REF measured the impact of research on society. All of the research in the Schools of Pharmacy and Education at Nottingham gained the top 4-star rating for impact, described as ‘outstanding in terms of reach and significance’.

A range of other subject areas scored very highly for impact, with all of their research described as either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’: American & Canadian Studies, Music, Law, Sociology & Social Policy, Clinical Medicine, Classics, Nursing, Architecture & Built Environment, Public Health, Computer Science and Physics.

In all, 28 out of 32 returns had at least 75 per cent of impact that was either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ – ranking Nottingham 7th in the UK on this measure.

Nottingham’s outstanding performance in REF 2014 follows a prestigious national accolade - winning ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2014 for the discovery of a new layer of the human eye.

Funding for research at the University reached record levels in 2013-14, with awards totalling £181m.

Faculty breakdown

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

The REF results for the sector may be found here.

Results can also be found on the REF website:  REF 2014 website

 

More information on REF 2014 results can be found in the University of Nottingham Research website:

University of Nottingham REF 2014

 

 

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