Research Excellence Framework 2014 – Results

At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), almost all of our research is of a world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised standard, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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 our 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 NTU established and early-career researchers took part in the exercise, submitting their research under 16 broad 'Units of Assessment'.

Major successes for NTU among the REF 2014 results include:

  • 86% of our Biomedical Science research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 84% of our General Engineering research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

NTU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck

Case studies

REF 2014 showed that at NTU our research is of the highest academic standard. But the work of our dedicated researchers has more than just an academic impact.

Our world-class research has led to significant scientific breakthroughs in the fields of airline security, food safety and microbiology, cancer detection and treatment, emergency response and gender equality, to name just a few.

Find out more about some of our world-class areas of research.

More about the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Under the Research Excellence Framework (REF), research assessment is undertaken every five to seven years on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies. These are:

Research Excellence Framework 2014 – Results

Published on 6 February 2017

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