Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Education had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish University, 

with 100% of research impact activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent. Academics within the subject of Education have strong collaborative links with researchers nationally and internationally, and with users and stakeholders in education and training.

In the Education unit of assessment for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework:

  • 22% of our overall research activity was assessed to be world-leading.
  • 81% of our overall research activity was assessed to be internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • 100% of our research impact was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent - the highest in Scotland.
  • 94% of our outputs were assessed to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading.
  • 100% of research environment factors assessed as internationally excellent or world leading.
  • We ranked 23rd overall in the UK and 3rd in Scotland for our research, with a grade point average of 2.99 (out of 4).

View the Education REF 2014 submission data.

In the Social Work and Social Policy unit of assessment for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework:

  • 24% of our overall research activity was assessed to be world-leading.
  • 78% of our overall research activity was assessed to be internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • 99% of our outputs were assessed to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading.
  • 100% of research environment factors assessed as internationally excellent or world leading.
  • 100% of our research impact was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent – Read an impact case study.
  • The work of more than 90% of our researchers was assessed.
  • We were judged to have the 2nd highest research power in Scotland and 13th highest in the UK.
  • We ranked 17th overall in the UK and 3rd in Scotland for our research, with a grade point average of 3.01 (out of 4).

The School has attracted considerable sums of external research funding from Research Councils, Government, Independent and Charitable funders, and from the European Commission.

View the Social Work and Social Policy REF 2014 submission data

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