Research Quality

Consistently Excellent Research Quality

Why does research quality matter for our students?

As a member of the Russell Group, a prestigious organisation representing the UK 's leading research intensive universities, our academic staff are frequently at the forefront of research, which in turn is used to inform teaching. We have embraced the research mission consistenly to place research at the heart of what we do, alongside teaching. This enables us to offer to our students leading edge research informed teaching and learning. This, in turn, contributes to our success in teaching and learning as evidenced by our Consistently Excellent Teaching Quality and our National Student Survey results.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions. The review process is managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is based on three main criteria:

  • Quality of research outputs
  • Impact of research (beyond the University)
  • Vitality of the research environment


Our School submitted to Unit of Assessment 20 and the results are now published.

The previous analysis, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 produced the following results for our Faculty.