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Units of Assessment (UoAs)

Units of Assessment (UoAs)

In REF 2021 we submitted to 28 Units of Assessment (UoAs) across the four main panels. They encompass contributions of many staff and students during the current REF cycle.

Our research community

Submissions include staff who have passed through the University’s three faculties. They also include the following researchers who were with us on the REF census date of 31 July 2021:

  • 3,400 postgraduate research students
  • 1,142 postdoctoral research associates
  • 1,288 independent researchers
  • 552 technicians and technologists
  • 1,318 professional services colleagues

Diversified disciplinary base

Since 2014, we have diversified our disciplinary base, having:

  • re-established Physics in 2015
  • launched Sports and Exercise medicine in 2017
  • incorporated Pharmacy and Medicine from Durham University in 2017

Clinical Medicine Research (UoA1)

We have submitted UoA1 Clinical Medicine for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Research (UoA2)

We have submitted UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care Research for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy Research (UoA3)

We have submitted UoA3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy Research for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research (UoA4)

We have submitted UoA4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Research for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Biological Sciences Research (UoA5)

We have submitted UoA5 Biological Sciences Research for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Agriculture, Food and Vet Sciences Research (UoA6)

We have submitted UOA6 Agriculture, Food and Vet Sciences for REF 2021.

Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Research (UoA7)

We have submitted UoA7 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Chemistry Research (UoA8)

We have submitted UoA8 Chemistry for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Mathematical Sciences Research (UoA10)

We have submitted UoA10 Mathematical Sciences for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Computer Science and Informatics Research (UoA11)

We have submitted UoA11 Computer Science and Informatics for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Engineering Research (UoA12)

We have submitted UoA12 Engineering for REF 2021. The summary for the UoA submission will be added to the website shortly.

Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Research (UoA13)

Architecture, built environment and planning research works in and across three research groups. They have collaborated for more than two decades. They returned together in both the 2014 REF and 2008 RAE.

Geography and Environmental Studies Research (UoA14)

Geography at Newcastle University is the largest unit in the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology. We are a world-leading centre of geography and environmental studies research, scholarship, and disciplinary capacity building.

Archaeology Research (UoA15)

Archaeology has been studied and researched at Newcastle since 1931. Over the last decade the number of archaeologists has more than doubled. Now, there are over 35 lecturing, research, and technical staff at Newcastle.

Business and Management Research (UoA17)

Newcastle University Business School is a research-led, multidisciplinary Russell Group Business School. We produce excellent impactful business and management research that will make a global difference. We advance discipline-based and challenge-led interdisciplinary research.

Law Research (UoA18)

Newcastle Law School traces its origins back to 1923. That's when law was first taught at what is now Newcastle University. Today, the School forms part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. We are 36 research-active scholars from 15 countries.

Politics and International Research (UoA19)

Politics at Newcastle University has a long-standing reputation for delivering outstanding research. Topics covered include political participation, security and social justice. We embrace interdisciplinarity as an organic feature of our research culture.

Social Work and Social Policy Research (UoA20)

This is the first time we have made a submission to UoA20 Social Work and Social Policy. Our interdisciplinary Social Work and Social Policy research and impact activities seek to understand social problems. We look at their impacts both nationally and internationally. Our submission to UoA20 focuses on the two themes of health policy and ageing.

Sociology Research (UoA21)

Sociology became a separate unit in the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology in 2002. The unit has seen significant growth, from 19 staff submitted to REF2014 to 25 in REF2021. We are proud of our Sociology research portfolio. We have a long-standing commitment to collaborative working and interdisciplinarity. This is through expertise in areas such as bioethics and anthropology.

Education Research (UoA23)

Education research at Newcastle is based in the School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences (ECLS). Education at Newcastle has been training teachers and doing research for more than 130 years. The Unit returns 21 colleagues to REF2021. Their work ranges from pedagogic innovation to professional learning and education.

Modern Languages and Linguistics Research (UoA26)

Modern Languages and Linguistics at Newcastle is a dynamic multicultural and multilingual community of 106 postgraduate students and 69 staff.

English Language and Literature Research (UoA27)

Literature and creative writing (UoA27) is part of Newcastle University's School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. The School has a long and prestigious history, and each year we attract excellent visiting researchers from around the world.

History Research (UoA28)

The History unit at Newcastle University is in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. We carry out wide-ranging History research centred around our commitment to historical justice. Our submitted research stretches from Anglo-Saxon England and Medieval Iberia to twentieth-century China.

Classics Research (UoA29)

Classics and Ancient History at Newcastle University is in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. The department has a long history of teaching Classics, as well as producing research that has an impact around the world. We have been teaching Classics at Newcastle University since 1874. We pride ourselves on outstanding research and teaching in this area, and our work is internationally recognised.

Art and Design Research (UoA32)

The Fine Art department at Newcastle University is part of the School of Arts and Cultures. Our world-leading art and design research culture has been developing for more than 70 years. Today, we are widely recognised as among the most influential art departments in the UK.

Music Research (UoA33)

The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) represents Music (UoA33) at Newcastle. This is within the School of Arts and Cultures. ICMuS can trace its distinguished history to the 1890s. It's an anchor institution in the music and culture of north-east England.

Communication, Culture and Media Studies Research (UoA34)

Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH) at Newcastle is based in the School of Arts and Cultures. The subject group was established in 2016. It brought together the expertise of colleagues in the Media and Cultural Studies Department and International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies.