In the most recent Research Excellence Framework excercise, the University achieved its best ever results. Our research was celebrated for its 'world-leading elements' across all areas submitted to the REF 2014, with 85% of our research internationally recognised or higher.
More subject areas and staff were put forward than ever before, reflecting the University's more inclusive and ambitious approach. The research by our Statistical Cybermetrics research group ranked joint 5th in the UK in REF 2014, and in 2017 was placed 1st in the world for the average quality of research in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking). The Statistical Cybermetrics research group is led by renowned Professor of Information Science Mike Thelwall and his team, whose research includes measuring the value of web pages (see case study).
Other areas of particular strength which were highlighted include health, history and modern languages research. Our strong performance across departments affirms the quality of our work, a standard we will continue to pursue and build on through our innovative research.
Our new research brochure showcases the often extraordinary and life-changing work of our research community. We hope you'll be inspired!