Research excellence at Sheffield

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results confirm our research is changing lives and shaping the world we live in.

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We are proud to have come 3rd nationally in the REF 2021 in terms of the quality of our research. 95 per cent of research and impact is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our high-quality research is pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making a real-world difference to people’s lives. Our research outputs are essential points of reference for academia, policymakers, industry and beyond. You can read about how our research is changing lives here.

We are rated top for the quality of our research environment nationally, showing that the School of Architecture is a creative and supportive place to undertake research.  For all the results please visit

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.