Research Excellence Framework

Glasgow Caledonian University’s position as a world-class research institution has been reaffirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results.

GCU is the top modern university in Scotland by research power.

The results demonstrated that 89% of the University’s research activity in allied health professions is in the highest categories of world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Overall, the University is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards. 

Almost two-thirds of GCU’s social work and social policy submission was rated world-leading and internationally excellent, with 80% of impact in this area rated at world-class levels. The University’s social policy research impact at world-leading levels has ranked GCU as in the top 10 in the UK.

GCU research in the built environment also performed strongly overall in the UK, with impact in this area rated as top 20 in the UK combining world-leading and internationally excellent research submissions.

The University made its submission to the Research Excellence Framework in November 2013. The REF assesses the quality and impact of UK higher education institutions’ research in all disciplines.

The results will be used by the UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCE, HEFCW, SFC and DEL) to allocate around £2 billion research funding from 2015-16. The UK is the first country to allocate funding based on the wider societal impact of research.

Key facts

  • 154 UK universities took part
  • They made 1,911 submissions for 52,077 academic staff
  • 191,232 research outputs and 6,975 impact case studies were assessed
  • 36 expert sub-panels reviewed the submissions, overseen by four main panels

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