Research

REF 2014 Results

The REF is a system to assess the quality of research across UK higher education institutions. REF2014 replaced the previous RAE2008 exercise and the assessment of impact was introduced.

Submissions could be made across the 36 units of assessment, each providing evidence of activity and achievements within three elements of the assessment; outputs, impact and environment. Each submission was awarded a sub-profile for each element of the assessment and an overall quality profile which showed the percentage of the submission that met each of the quality levels. 

Unit of Assessment (UoA) Profile FTE Category A staff submitted 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
A3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
7.40
7.40
7.40
7.40
25.0
0.0
0.0
16
37.5
40.0
25.0
36
37.5
60.0
75.0
48
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
A4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
9.20
9.20
9.20
9.20
3.3
0.0
0.0
2
10.0
0.0
0.0
7
66.7
60.0
50.0
63
20.0
0.0
50.0
20
0.0
40.0
0.0
8
B10 Mathematical Sciences Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
9.20
9.20
9.20
9.20
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
47.4
60.0
0.0
43
50.0
0.0
75.0
44
2.6
40.0
25.0
13
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
B11 Computer Science and Informatics Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
13.50
13.50
13.50
13.50
0.0
20.0
0.0
4
21.3
20.0
25.0
22
68.1
60.0
65.0
66
8.5
0.0
10.0
7
2.1
0.0
0.0
1
B15 General Engineering Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
14.50
14.50
14.50
14.50
1.9
0.0
0.0
1
75.5
0.0
40.0
55
20.7
60.0
60.0
35
0.0
40.0
0.0
8
1.9
0.0
0.0
1
C19 Business and Management Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
-
-
-
0
-
-
-
13
-
-
-
28
-
-
-
49
-
-
-
10
C22 Social Work and Social Policy Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
14.40
14.40
14.40
14.40
21.8
80.0
0.0
30
40.0
10.0
25.0
32
30.9
10.0
75.0
33
5.5
0.0
0.0
4
1.8
0.0
0.0
1
C26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
7.00
7.00
7.00
7.00
33.3
0.0
25.0
25
45.5
10.0
62.5
41
21.2
50.0
12.5
26
0.0
40.0
0.0
8
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
D29 English Language and Literature Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
19.4
0.0
0.0
13
29.0
90.0
10.0
38
38.7
10.0
90.0
41
12.9
0.0
0.0
8
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
D30 History Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
7.80
7.80
7.80
7.80
11.8
0.0
0.0
8
52.9
60.0
60.0
55
32.4
40.0
40.0
35
2.9
0.0
0.0
2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0
D34 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory * Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
6.96
6.96
6.96
6.96
10.4
50.0
40.0
23
51.1
50.0
60.0
52
34.3
0.0
0.0
22
2.1
0.0
0.0
2
2.1
0.0
0.0
1
D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Outputs
Impact
Environment
Overall
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
11.9
23.3
20.0
15
38.9
76.7
60.0
50
35.6
0.0
20.0
26
11.9
0.0
0.0
8
1.7
0.0
0.0
1

* Joint submission with Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David


Overall quality profile: Definition of quality levels.

Four Star Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour
Three Star Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence
Two Star Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
One Star Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment