Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

What a result! Research excellence in History is great news for staff and students

Friday, 06 February 2015

What a result! Research excellence in History is great news for staff and students

The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) has produced a fantastic result for the History subject area and History students at Oxford Brookes.

The REF exercise found that 78% of History research at Brookes is ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’. Brookes’ historians also scored 90% for demonstrating the ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ impact of their research on the wider world.

Professor David Nash, Professor in History at Oxford Brookes, said: “The results are a reflection of the dedication of our staff and an indication of the high quality of our research and its impact.”

“This is especially good news for our History students both now and into the future, since what they are taught is informed by our research. The impact of our research rubs off in our teaching too. History students at Brookes are learning how historians, and eventually they themselves, can use history to make an impact on the world at large.”

Of particularly good news for students is that the History subject area submitted 28 members of staff (82% of those eligible for the exercise) indicating a wide range of internationally recognised research right across the subject area. This figure (82%) was higher than a number of other universities such as Cardiff (60%), Hull (74%), Lancaster (78%), Leicester (69%), Manchester (72%), Sussex (77%) and Swansea (56%).

The results are further great news on the back of the recent National Student Survey results in which History scored 100% for student satisfaction. (Source: NSS 2014).