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Research is the lifeblood of the University and powers everything we do, from our innovative teaching methods to our impressive portfolio of spin-out companies.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

The REF is conducted every six to seven years to assess the quality of research across UK universities; to show the quality and output of research on a national and international
stage; and to show the impact research has on the academic environment and our society, highlighting its 'real world' benefits.

The ratings are used to inform the selective distribution of public funds for research.

University of Southampton

Ninety-two per cent of the University's research has been classed as 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).

Southampton performed exceptionally well in impact. The assessment placed us in the top 10 per cent in the sector and 4th in the Russell Group.

The University 's commitment to delivering real world benefits from our research was recognised with 97% of our research being assessed as either world leading or internationally excellent for impact.

Faculty of Medicine

Medicine made up 15% of the University's return. 82% of our research in Medicine was rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent" in the REF 2021. Impact was a key component of REF2021 and we continued to demonstrate we are translating our discoveries into real world benefits with 100% of our research rated as either 3* or 4*.

Our research environment was rates internationally excellent.
In Primary Care 94% of our research outputs were rated 3* or 4*, with a GPA of 3.71.

Our REF2021 results show how we have created an environment to deliver our research strategy of fostering multidisciplinary, translational research; inspiring and equipping future generations of scientists and clinicians to meet the challenges of a changing world; promoting and leading partnerships and collaborations within the Faculty, across the University, regionally, nationally and globally; and pushing the boundaries of current practice to foster a culture of innovation and enterprise.

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