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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

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Distinguished Professor Jo Rycroft Malone

"These results confirm the Faculty’s place as a centre of research excellence in the fields of health and care."

Distinguished Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine

Research Excellence Framework 2021

The Faculty's strategic aim is to produce excellent research that is both interdisciplinary and translational, having practical applications for human and societal benefit.

Research within the Faculty is organised around five main themes. The work within each of these themes:

  • addresses issues of national or international importance in health and biomedicine
  • reflects the multidisciplinary nature of our research portfolio
  • delivers research excellence

Translating our research into impact in the real world has always been a priority in the faculty. Our research has had important benefits to people in the wider community; regionally, nationally and internationally.

The results of REF 2021 bear out this strategy.

91% of our research has been judged to be World Leading and Internationally Excellent.

100% of our Research Environment is judged to be World Leading.

Research in FHM was ranked 12th out of 91 submissions in this category (UoA3) for research power, which is based on both the quality of research and the number of staff submitting research outputs.

You can read the news article here.

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About REF2021

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The primary purpose of the Research Excellence Framework is to assess the quality of research and produce outcomes for each submission made by institutions:

  • The four higher education funding bodies will use the assessment outcomes to inform the selective allocation of their grants for research to the institutions which they fund
  • The assessment provides accountability for public investment in research and produces evidence of the benefits of this investment
  • The assessment outcomes provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks, for use within the higher education sector and for public information

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