Research excellence results celebrated by University

Nottingham Trent University is celebrating the announcement that almost all of its research is of 'world-leading', 'internationally-excellent', or 'internationally-recognised' standard.

It is evidence that world-leading research can flourish in universities that are also teaching intensive.
Professor Edward Peck, NTU Vice-Chancellor

Nottingham Trent University is celebrating the announcement that almost all of its research is of 'world-leading', 'internationally-excellent', or 'internationally-recognised' standard.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - the new system for assessing the quality and impact of research in UK higher education institutions – judged that 90% of research submitted by the University fell within these top three categories.

The result is a step change on the University's performance in the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, the REF's predecessor, when 74% of its research achieved internationally-recognised status or above.

More than half (55%) of the research submitted to REF by the University was classed within the top two categories: world-leading or internationally-excellent.

Almost 250 Nottingham Trent University established and early-career researchers took part in the exercise, submitting their research under 16 broad 'Units of Assessment'.

Major successes include biomedical sciences and general engineering; 86% and 84% respectively of all research submitted in these categories was judged as world-leading or internationally-excellent. This performance puts Nottingham Trent University at the forefront of intellectual endeavour in these areas both in the UK and across the globe.

More than two-thirds of research in English language and literature (70%), psychology (67%), and history (67%) was also judged to be world-leading or internationally-excellent.

A similar figure was found to be world-leading or internationally-excellent in both communication, cultural and media studies (65%) and art and design (64%).

For the first time, universities have also been assessed on the impact of their research.

One hundred per cent of Nottingham Trent University research submitted under biomedical sciences, business and management studies, and psychology was found to have world-leading or internationally-excellent impact.

Showing the range of the University's research, the impact of English language and literature research was acknowledged, with 86.7% found to be world-leading or internationally-excellent. The figure was 80% for computer science and informatics, modern languages and linguistics, and history. More than two-thirds of communication, cultural and media studies research (70%) also had world-leading or internationally-excellent impact.

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, said:"This evaluation exercise demonstrates that NTU is a university that truly values ideas through the quality of its research and enriches society in the ways in which it ensures that it impacts upon the lives of us all.

"It is evidence that world-leading research can flourish in universities that are also teaching intensive; indeed, it is crucial that our students experience teaching that is infused with ideas derived from academics producing research at the leading edge of their disciplines."

The REF has been undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies who – based on the quality and volume of each university's research – use the results to allocate about £2 billion of research funding a year, with effect from 2015.

Submissions were assessed by independent expert panels who established an overall quality profile for each piece of work. These include four star (world-leading); three star (internationally-excellent); two star (recognised internationally); one star (recognised nationally) and unclassified (below the standard of nationally-recognised work).

Each unit's overall results were based on a weighted percentage, taking into account the quality of the research's outputs, impact and 'environment' (covering vitality and sustainability).

As well as informing funding allocations, the REF provides accountability for public investment in research, demonstrates its benefits, and provides important reputational yardsticks and benchmarking information about the research performance of UK universities.

A total of 154 universities – and 52,077 researchers – took part in REF 2014, accounting for 1,911 submissions.

Research excellence results celebrated by University

Published on 18 December 2014
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