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Our Research Impact

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The University of Southampton has reaffirmed its position as one of the UK’s top research universities following publication of the national Research Excellence Framework 2014, assessing the quality and impact of research across a wide range of disciplines.

Results of the REF show that 84% per cent of Southampton’s research activity is considered of internationally excellent or world-leading quality, placing the University once again amidst the top 20 leading research institutions in the country.

Southampton has also performed well in specific Units of Assessment in the REF with 60% of research activity in Law specifically rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality.

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.

The results of REF 2021 will appear here when they are available in the Spring 2022. Please see examples of our submitted and ongoing research impact below.

Department of Health building, Richmond House, London
Department of Health building, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London

Building Ethics and Law Capacity within the UK Public Health Workforce

Our research has ensured that UK public health policy and practice is conducted lawfully by professional bodies, and is ethically informed and justifiable.

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Guiding national policy on the regulation of health ethics

Guiding national policy on the regulation of health ethics

Members of the Southampton Law School’s centre for Health Ethics and Law (HEAL) have made a significant contribution to improving the way in which ethical issues in health, such as assisted suicide and organ donation, are addressed in the UK and further afield.

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Researching tghe causes of opportunistic fraud in insurance

The Deterrence of Opportunistic Insurance Fraud

Our research on the causes of opportunistic fraud in insurance has significantly altered current law, policy and industry practice.

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The Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence has been fraught with issues and tragedies since it was introduced in 2005

The Pains of Indeterminate Imprisonment for Families: Changing Policy and Informing Practice

Our research into the controversial Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence and its effect on families of people sentenced to IPP has raised the profile of the issues around IPP and encouraged and assisted public bodies and charities to do more to provide support required by families.

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The Rotterdam Rules: modernising the global container trade

The Rotterdam Rules: modernising the global container trade

The University of Southampton’s Institute of Maritime Law (IML) has played an important role in the academic research underpinning the development of a new international convention which, if it comes into force, may govern the $18 trillion global containerized trade.

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The Third Way: guiding new policy over third-party insurance

The Third Way: guiding new policy over third-party insurance

Influential work on insurance law by Professor Rob Merkin led directly to the repeal of the outmoded and increasingly unpopular Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930.

A new Act makes it simpler, faster and cheaper for a third-party claimant to recover compensation from an insurer without starting proceedings against the insured. The Act earned Royal Assent in 2010.

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