University of Stirling research is making a tangible difference across the globe – with new analysis recognising that 87% is of the highest standard, having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society.
The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 – an independent appraisal of the quality of research conducted by all UK universities – also reported that more than 80% of Stirling's research is either world leading or internationally excellent.
More than 80% of our research
is world-leading or internationally excellent
87% of our research
has an outstanding or very considerable impact on society
4th in Scotland
for research impact
Times Higher Education
The REF 2021 results underline the positive impact the University’s research has in tackling real-world challenges, such as climate change, food security and an ageing population. Between 2014 and 2021, the University improved in each of the three pillars of REF assessment – outputs, impact and environment.
"This important independent recognition underlines our commitment to use our innovative and interdisciplinary research to address the needs of society and reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff who ensure purpose and impact is at the centre of everything we do.
As we look to the future, we will continue to build on the progress we have made. Excellent opportunities lie ahead for the University, including those presented by the multi-million-pound investment in economic and social improvement, based on University-led research, enabled through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal."
Professor Sir Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
1st in the UK
for research impact in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
Top 15 in the UK
for research impact in Geography and Environmental Studies
3rd in Scotland
for overall research in Social Work and Social Policy
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