Research Excellence Framework 2021 - University of Nottingham Result

Thursday, 12 May 2022

The University of Nottingham’s reputation for transformational research that improves the lives of millions of people around the globe has been recognised by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

According to analysis by Times Higher Education, the University is placed 7th in the UK for REF2021’s measure of Research Power, which takes into account a combination of the quality of research, international impact, critical mass and sustainability.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Professor Shearer West said: “Nottingham has often been recognised for the breadth of its research: to achieve quality across such a range of disciplines is a reflection of the talent, imagination and dedication of colleagues across the institution.

However, I am especially proud of the positive impact that our research has had on people in the UK and throughout the world, for example in healthcare, industry, business, culture, and public policy. This is a testament to the determination of our researchers to make a difference to people’s lives.
Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has evidenced the impact of its research through 135 case studies, which show that between 2014 and 2021 the lives of more than 100 million people have been positively changed by its research.

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The University of Nottingham has improved its position in each of the headline measures in REF2021, including Research Power, Grade Point Average (GPA) and Research Intensity.

According to analysis by Times Higher Education, the University is placed 25th in the UK on the measure of Grade Point Average (GPA) which takes into account the quality of its research - an improvement on REF2014 when its GPA was placed 26th. Our own analysis using THE methodology places the University 24th in the UK for Research Intensity adjusted GPA, which takes into account the proportion of eligible staff returned – an improvement from 28th place in REF2014.

The Research Excellence Framework is a national assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and determines the allocation of around £2 billion Quality-related funding for the coming years, starting in August 2022.

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The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. Ranked 103rd out of more than 1,000 institutions globally and 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2022, the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive and disability sport provision is reflected in its crowning as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 Sports University of the Year. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally. Alongside Nottingham Trent University, we lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and is working with local communities and partners to aid recovery and renewal following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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