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Our Research and Impact

Through our Research Peaks, Centres and Themes, we’re delivering ground-breaking research that has a profound real-world impact on individuals, communities, businesses and policies.

From social media addiction to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and work together to find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

At NTU, our research has deep connections with the real challenges faced by communities in our city, region, country and beyond. Our research has an impact that changes lives and the world we all share.

REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. As well as informing funding allocations, the REF provides accountability for public investment in research and provides important reputational benchmarks for research performance in the UK.

Latest results

See our REF 2014 results in individual units of assessment.

Our results for REF 2021 are set to be announced in 2022.

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