12 May 2022

Research Excellence Framework 2021

We are proud that 86 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021, meaning that it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

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We are proud that 86 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021, meaning that it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
 
We are delighted with the panel's recognition of the quality of our research within a very broad array of philosophical areas, ranging from the relatively abstract (e.g. epistemology, logic, metaphysics, and mind) to the more concrete (e.g. climate change, education, feminism, and race). And we are proud of the panel's recognition of our work's impact upon educational practice and upon methods for handling the negative effects of implicit biases within society.
 
We are particularly pleased that our research is making a difference, for example, through our work to introduce philosophical education into the curriculum to help children discern fact from fiction in a world of misinformation and fake news. Our researchers are also investigating how to transform education to respond to the climate change crisis Working with Philosophy in Prison, we are piloting a short course to bring philosophy to a wide range of prisoners aiming to bring about a positive impact on their lives, the prison system and, possibly, wider society.
 
Recently we received a Leverhulme Fellowship for work on knowledge of possibility, a Mind Association Fellowship for work on a critical theory of praise, and funding for research into the philosophy of Frantz Fanon.
 
You can read about more about our research here  
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Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

The results demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.