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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results

The University of Southampton reaffirmed its position as one of the leading research universities in the latest national assessment of research in 2014.

Over 96 per cent of the University's research environment has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent

Southampton ranked eighth in the UK based on research intensity in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Over 96 per cent of the University's research environment has been assessed as world-leading and internationally excellent. Nearly 90 per cent of its research has been assessed as having world-leading and internationally excellent impact.

In the first major assessment of UK research since 2008, Southampton remained one of the leading universities across a wide range of subjects:

How REF works

The 2014 REF assessed the quality of research output, the impact it has had outside of academia, and the quality of its research environment. The results will be used by the four UK higher education funding bodies to allocate research funding. Currently, this amounts to £2 billion per year.

Southampton’s REF submission of 130 impact case studies covered 25 Units of Assessment and featured research activity involving 90 per cent of its eligible researchers (1362) from across the University. Nationally, 154 UK universities took part in the REF making over 1,900 submissions and featuring nearly 7,000 impact case studies.

View the full table of the University's REF results
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