Posted Thursday 18 December 2014
Kingston University has received a huge boost to its research with 60 per cent being rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the latest Government research evaluation exercise. This represents a 100 per cent improvement for the University since the last assessment six years ago and propels it nearly 20 places up the overall ranking of institutions published in the Times Higher Education newspaper.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the regular UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in higher education institutions. This assessment last took place in 2008, under its previous name of the Research Assessment Exercise.
The REF 2014 involved research from 52,061 academic staff from 154 UK universities which was stringently peer reviewed by a series of panels including UK and international experts and external users of research. Research was graded according to its quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Each element was given a star rating according to the following scheme: 4* - world-leading quality, 3* - internationally excellent quality, 2* - internationally recognised quality, 1* - nationally recognised quality, unclassified - either falling below the standard of nationally recognised research, or failing to meet the criteria for inclusion in the REF.
Kingston's results show that the University has world-leading research in each of the nine units of assessment which it submitted and across all its five faculties.
Kingston University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said he was proud of the results and that they proved the University had made huge strides in both the quantity and quality of its research during the past six years. "I am delighted with Kingston's achievement in the 2014 REF," he added. "It is a testament to the top knotch researchers and impressive industry links we've developed at Kingston and shows how we can be a successful university bringing together the very best research and teaching in an environment that supports a thriving and diverse student body."
Kingston University's submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
Kingston University submitted nine units for inclusion in REF 2014. The submission included 561 research outputs carried out by 167 academic staff, £14 million of research income and 22 impact case studies.