The Research Excellence Framework (REF) measures the quality of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK against international standards of excellence.
The Faculty’s research environment was ranked joint first in the UK in the field, with a 100% score on everything from investment in staff and facilities to research income and collaboration. Overall, 89% of the Faculty’s research was judged world leading or internationally excellent, with 84% of research outputs being categorised as 3* and 4*. This places the Faculty among the elite universities in this field.
The Faculty also performed well in The Times Higher Education's research intensity league table which recognises the proportion of staff which are research active, finishing 3rd overall in the UK.
The Dean Professor Neil Johnson said: “This is a strong performance in our first REF submission as a single Faculty and we are very pleased. Our submission to the REF was one of the 10 largest returns from universities in the UK, reflecting the significant grouping of researchers that we now have here working across biomedical, medical and social sciences. It is particularly pleasing that this comes close on the heels of the Faculty’s high score of 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Satisfaction Survey. Together these demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards in all aspects of our academic work”.