School of Arts and Cultures

Ranking and Impact

Ranking and Impact

Our research environment is rated as world leading and internationally significant. An important part is its impact beyond academia.

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) marked 82% of our research as ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’.

We're committed to connecting leading academic research with innovative cultural practice. Ref 2014 showed that 80% of our work has global and international significance and impact.

For REF 2014 we submitted research alongside the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies. For the Unit of Assessment: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (UoA36)we were ranked 12th out of 67 in the country.

Research impact

All of our research has considerable impact or potential for impact on society.

An example of our ‘World Leading’ research impact is Professor Peter Stone's work on improving the protection of cultural property during armed conflict. This research has impacted on:

  • national non-governmental organisations
  • national policy makers (including HM Government)
  • the international military

The importance of this work is brought into focus by the civil war in Syria and the resulting destruction of cultural property.