Ratings show real-world impact of our research

English research

We have doubled the number of staff producing internationally recognised research and significantly increased the impact our work is having on society and the economy, according to the latest ratings of higher education research performance. 

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) results, published today, revealed that 90% of the University’s submission was judged to have delivered 'outstanding' or 'very considerable’ impact externally.

The six-yearly assessment of research performance also saw the University achieve an increase in the four-star or three-star research on which public funding is partly based, from 40% in 2008 to 60% in 2014. 

Breakdown of each Unit of Assessment

BCU’s research has impacted on a range of business developments and public policy. Examples include work that enables the migration of music on obsolete platforms to modern devices, and research that has influenced death penalty policy and practice around the world.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan added: “Moving forward, our new research and enterprise strategies will enable us to do more and better research, ensuring new knowledge aligns increasingly with the needs of society and the economy.

“Our 2014 REF submission is far more ambitious than ever before, forming part of our aim of repositioning the University as a broader based institution with research increasingly integral to our work."

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