Research at the University of Wolverhampton has been commended and is at its highest ever level according to an assessment of all UK universities activity, published today.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) evaluates the quality and impact of research at UK universities across all disciplines.
It grades research from nationally recognised (1*) to world leading (4*) and is carried out every five years, with the last publication in 2008.
The University of Wolverhampton put forward more staff and more subject areas for REF 2014 than in the previous assessment and it demonstrated that all areas of research had world leading elements.
Among the areas to be classed as ‘world leading’ quality, was work by renowned Professor of Information Science Mike Thelwall and his team, whose work includes measuring the value of web pages (see case study).
Other areas of particular strength which were highlighted include health, history and modern languages research.
The results mark a significant improvement for the University on the last national analysis of research, the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “This truly recognises the development of applied research at the University of Wolverhampton. It demonstrates the progress the University has made and its major contribution to the economic growth regionally, nationally and internationally.
“We are delighted that REF 2014 has highlighted and validated the world class work we do within the institution.
“Our research makes an impact with business, industry and society and our students will continue to benefit from high quality research-informed teaching.”
Attachment: Professor Mike Thelwall case study
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Date Issued: Wednesday 17 December 2014- Note this press release is under a nationally agreed embargo until 00:01 on Thursday 18 December 2014
Notes to editors
About REF 2014
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008). It assessed the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all disciplines. The results were published today, 18 December 2014, and will be used by the funding bodies to allocate block-grant research funding to universities to universities from 2015-16.
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.
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