Research Excellence Framework 2014

One of the Department's principal ambitions is to maintain and enhance its standing in the research community and, in particular, to maintain its international reputation for undertaking leading edge research in planning.

85% of our Research is 'world leading', 'internationally excellent' with 'outstanding impacts'.

The Research Excellence Framework is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

REF 2014 was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL). The REF was managed by the REF team, based at HEFCE, on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies, and was overseen by the REF Steering Group, consisting of representatives of the four funding bodies.

Our submission was made jointly with colleagues in the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape at the University of Sheffield. The results indicate that 48% of our research was assessed as 4*, representing world-leading quality and outstanding impacts, and 37% was rated 3* (internationally excellent).

This represents an increase from USP's outcome in the equivalent exercise in 2008 when 35% of our research outputs were graded as 4* and 30% graded as 3*. The proportion of USP's work rated as 4* in REF 2014 was the 3rd highest of all 45 submissions in our field and we were also ranked 3rd on the research power measure. Using a Grade Point Average measure, we were ranked 4th overall.

Our outstanding research achievements mean that you will be taught by academics who are recognised as being at the forefront of research in their field.

When the results of REF2014 were publicly announced, Professor John Flint commented:

“I am delighted that such a high proportion of our research has been assessed as being world-leading and having outstanding impacts and that a large further proportion of our research has been assessed as internationally excellent, meaning that 85% of our research was assessed in these two top categories of excellence. This is a reflection of the very high standards of work undertaken by my colleagues and confirms TRP’s reputation as one of the leading planning schools in the UK and the world.”

For more information about REF2014 results.

National Student Survey 2017

We also received 92% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.