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REF 2014 Results

The University of Southampton is one of the UK’s top research universities, ranking 11th for the volume of its high quality research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The REF rated 84 per cent of Southampton’s overall research activity as world-leading and internationally excellent. Over 97 per cent of the University’s research environment and nearly 90 per cent of its research impact have been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent.

Southampton Education School saw 78% of its research activity and 100% of research impact rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality. Having risen 10 places from RAE 2008, Education at Southampton is now firmly in the top quartile of all UK Education programmes and is well on its way to becoming one of the foremost Education programmes in Europe.

The School was ranked 7th best from 76 education departments in the UK for its research impact, just behind the University of Oxford (in 5th position) and ahead of UCL Institute of Education (10th), and the University of Cambridge (11th).

The School was also ranked 7th for the most important metric, research intensity, which takes account of the percentage of staff submitted as well as the excellence of the research done at the school. University of Oxford was ranked 1st in this category, the UCL Institute of Education 16th, and University of Cambridge 26th.

Please visit the REF 2014 website for the University of Southampton’s complete results.

Below we feature examples of ways in which our research is changing the world for the better and impacting on the lives of people in the UK and around the globe.

Helping people with learning disabilities to be heard

Helping people with learning disabilities to be heard

A technique developed by a Southampton academic has radically challenged approaches to working with people with severe learning disabilities. The Intensive Interaction technique has improved the quality of life for huge numbers of people and laid the foundations for a body of research that continues to generate impact today.

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Agreed goals are essential for partnerships
Improving educational effectiveness

Improving Educational Effectiveness and Quality

Educational effectiveness and improvement research by the University of Southampton has made a major contribution to the design and implementation of educational policy and practice at both national and international levels.



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Improving apprenticeships

Improving the quality of apprenticeships

Research by academics at Southampton Education School has helped improve the quality of apprenticeships across the country and has informed vocational and education training policy at the highest level.

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