Research Strategy

  • REF 2014 - Art and Design
  • REF 2014 - Education
  • REF 2014 - English
  • REF 2014 - Law
  • REF 2014 - Media
  • REF 2014 - Music and performance
  • REF 2014 - Built environment and planning

Birmingham City University is a dynamic research force within the UK higher education sector and is committed to continuing growth in research excellence, new knowledge generation and knowledge exchange.

The primary focus of our research is driven by our academic staff, students, local/national/global challenges and our curriculum. All research undertaken by our research community is valuable and makes a significant contribution to our internal and external demand-led priorities.

Since 2001 the breadth, diversity and quality of our research has improved significantly. The results of RAE 2008 demonstrated this marked improvement with almost one fifth of our submission judged 4* (‘world leading’) and three-quarters judged of internationally recognised quality. 

Our submission to REF 2014 is now complete, and we have submitted more staff and more Units of Assessment than ever before. This demonstrates the progression of our research, and brings us a closer to achieving our objective of being nationally recognised as a research-engaged University by 2020.

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