Research Excellence Framework 2014

REF 2014: Firth Court in backgroundOur research is world leading

The University of Sheffield is in the top 10 per cent of all UK universities, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Sheffield's quality, breadth and volume of research activity is further demonstrated by the fact that 99% of research at Sheffield was assessed as internationally recognised or better.

  • World-leading: 33%
  • Internationally excellent: 52%
  • Internationally recognised: 13%
  • Nationally recognised: 1%

REF results by subject area


Our research impact

Professor Richard Jones comments on the outcome of REF and the impact of our research.

"The feature this year was measuring impact: assessing just what difference the work that we do in the University makes in the outside world. Across the University there are many powerful examples of this; how our work helps patients by finding new medicines and assessing the best ways of treating them, how it boosts jobs and growth by creating spin-out companies and helping existing companies develop new products and processes, and how our work impacts policy and enriches the cultural life of the city and nation."

Professor Richard Jones