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At Nottingham Trent University (NTU) 90% of our research was judged to be world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

55% of our research was classed within the top two categories: world-leading and internationally excellent.

The REF 2014 exercise assessed the quality and impact of research in UK higher education institutions.

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.

In total, we submitted research under 16 units of assessment:

  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • General Engineering
  • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
  • Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Law
  • Social Work and Policy
  • Education
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Art and Design, History, Theory and Practice
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

Among our submitted research was a number of impact case studies that highlight the real-world impact our research is having, in areas ranging from cancer treatment to food security .

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."

Research Excellence Framework 2021

NTU’s participation in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 will be governed by a Code of Practice, covering the below areas. Our Code of Practice has been approved by Research England.

  • Transparency in relation to decision making processes and communication.
  • Consistency through governance and oversight of institutional processes.
  • Accountability in relation to the responsibilities of individuals and committee and/or groups involved in relevant processes.
  • Inclusivity and how it is supported and promoted across areas and within the work of the institution.

Research Excellence Framework 2021 Privacy Notice

This privacy notice is for those providing Nottingham Trent University (NTU) with evidence in support of impact case studies to be submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Our impact case studies

Our research stands apart through its deep connections with and profound responses to the real challenges faced by the communities in our city, country and region, and beyond to a global impact that changes both lives and the world we all share.

Find out more about the effect our research is having people’s lives around the world.

REF 2014 results

Learn more about our results in individual units of assessment.