REF Ranking

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:

Ranking by research intensity1 Ranking by GPA2 Ranking by research power3 University No. of FTE staff submitted No. of FTE staff eligible % of eligible staff submitted GPA Intensity weighted GPA
1 2 1 Imperial 57 58 98 3.42 3.34
2 4 4 Sheffield 35 39 89 3.2 2.86
3 9 5 Queen’s Belfast 34 34 99 2.84 2.81
4 3 11 Dundee 15 18 81 3.31 2.67
5 11 7 Loughborough 32 32 100 2.65 2.64
6 6 3 Newcastle 41 49 83 3.18 2.63
7 8 9 Strathclyde 20 23 88 2.98 2.62
8 5 8 Manchester 22 30 73 3.19 2.32
9 7 2 Leeds 45 59 76 3.04 2.3
10 10 12 Birmingham 18 22 82 2.69 2.21
11 12 6 UCL 38 45 85 2.59 2.19
12 1 10 Cardiff 14 26 55 3.44 1.89
13 13 14 Bradford 7 12 60 2.56 1.54
14 14 13 Edinburgh Napier 14 26 54 2.05 1.1

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 REF, 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:

Quality level Description Percentage of research activity
4* World-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour 25%
3* Internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour 70%
2* Recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour 5%