Research Excellence Framework 2014

We're in Top 4 in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), in all three recognised measures of research excellence in the Civil and Construction Engineering Unit of Assessment.

REF 2014
1 research intensity = research quality (GPA) * % of eligible staff submitted
2 grade point average (GPA) for submitted staff only 
3 research power = research quality (GPA) * number of submitted staff

As part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the quality of research outputs, the research environment, research income, professional esteem, and PhD students were all independently assessed. Our results were as follows, giving a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2:

  • 4* World-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour - 25% of our research activity.
  • 3* Internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour - 70% of our research activity.
  • 2* Recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour - 5% of our research activity.

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