Life Sciences at Imperial College London ranked the top University Department for Biological Sciences in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) Exercise

The Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London was judged by Times Higher Education to be the top ranked university department in the UK for research intensity in Biological Sciences in REF2014, a nationwide assessment of research excellence, with an intensity-weighted GPA of 3.26

This analysis is based on the GPA for research quality multiplied by the proportion of eligible staff submitted, to give the most representative reflection of research excellence and depth.

The vast majority (91%) of the department’s research activity was judged to be ‘World Leading’ (51%) or ‘Internationally Excellent’ (40%). The proportion of staff submitted (96%) to the Unit of Assessment (UoA5) was the highest of all UK universities, and the department was also ranked top equal in the UK in terms of the environment it provides, with a 100% ‘World Leading’ assessment.

“I am delighted that we have performed so well in this assessment. The fact that we have been able to submit the vast majority of our staff is indicative of exceptional research performance throughout the department. I am particularly pleased that we scored so highly on our environment, which reflects our research strategy, infrastructure, investment and support for staff. Another measure of our success is that we have so many early career researchers, which bodes well for the future”.

Professor Murray Selkirk, Head of Department