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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

REFKingston 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.

The results show that world-leading research occurs in every Unit of Assessment submitted by Kingston University. Other key results include:

  • 60 per cent of Kingston University's overall submission was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*) – a 100 per cent increase on the 2008 figure.
  • Six Units of Assessment exceeded the University's target of an overall majority of 4* and 3* research including at least one Unit of Assessment in each of the University's five faculties – Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory; English Language and Literature, Philosophy; Allied Health Professions and Nursing; Business and Management Studies and Computer Science and Informatics.
  • Kingston's top performing unit was Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory.
  • English secured a 100 per cent 4* rating for the impact element of its submission, indicating strength in engaging with real-world applications of research. English also had the highest percentage of 4* work overall at 30 per cent.

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To find out more about Kingston University's research strategy, see the research strategy page.

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