Faculty of Medical Sciences

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework results provide an external endorsement of our world-class research. Overall, 41% has been assessed as 4* and world leading.

Across our Medical Sciences areas of work, we focus on the translation of basic biological findings in genetics, mitochondrial biology and bacterial and stem cell biology into improved clinical practice and patient benefit in hospital clinics and community health care services. We are addressing the world’s biggest health challenges of ageing, age-related chronic diseases (including dental disease) and cancer through the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.

Newcastle University’s research is ranked 8th in England for combined “Medical” Units of Assessment and Medical Schools with a total of 85% judged as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Newcastle is ranked in the top 10 for clinical medicine, biological sciences, and neuroscience & psychology.

Our research is organised into six Institutes across Cellular Medicine, Cancer, Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Genetic Medicine, Neurosciences and Health and Society, and is conducted in partnership with local NHS Trusts.

Our strategy is to translate both basic biomedical and clinical research into benefit for patients and civic society. This is achieved through close collaboration between basic scientists and clinical academics working in clinically-focused research Institutes. We have many examples of how advances in research have led to impact on patients, practice and policy.

Further detail about our REF results is available on Newcastle University's research pages.