Research excellence continues to grow

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Oxford Brookes’ well-established and growing international reputation for research has been confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results.

The results of the exercise show that 94% of research is internationally recognised which compares to 78% in 2008. REF 2014 also found that 59% was judged to be of ‘world leading’ quality or ‘internationally excellent’, compared with 36% in 2008.

We are justly proud of our thriving research community and these results are testament to the hard work of world-leading experts at the University.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange

Professor Alistair Fitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, commented: “Today’s REF 2014 results are a reflection of the expertise and confidence of researchers from across Oxford Brookes. 

“We submitted research from around 300 researchers which is a far greater number than in any previous process. The results demonstrate the real difference that research at Oxford Brookes is having on the wider world. We are justly proud of our thriving research community and these results are testament to the hard work of world-leading experts at the University.”

Research from across Oxford Brookes was shown to have been of significant quality with the results indicating particular strength in the Units of Assessment covering:

  • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
  • Business and Management Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • General Engineering
  • Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, and replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) which was last conducted in 2008. It will determine the allocation of research funding to universities from 2015-16 which is expected to be announced in March 2015.

REF 2014 introduced a particular focus on 'impact' - research that demonstrates wider impact beyond academia. Oxford Brookes submitted 44 case studies which demonstrated specific impact that has been underpinned by excellent research. 

The impact case studies cover a diverse mix of research and a selection have been developed into articles which can be read on the University’s REF2014 webpages. 

These range from research shaping the legacy of London 2012, influencing counter-terrorism policy, helping to develop greater equality in the workplace and reducing the environmental impact of buildings.

Read more on the University’s REF 2014 performance on the dedicated webpages at www.brookes.ac.uk/research/ref-2014/

* All stated figures FTE weighted.