Dear all, 

This week we received our results for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The College ranks top in the UK overall, with a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK university. 

World-leading research like this happens because of our people – because of you.  

Research is a huge team effort and every single member of staff at Imperial has contributed to our success. From our academic staff, our postdocs and fellows, and our learning and teaching colleagues, to technical, operational and professional services staff, you have all played a part. 

These results confirm our position as a world class research university. Imperial is first overall, first for research outputs, first for research environment and first among the Russell Group for research impact.  

Congratulations. These are impressive results, and testament to your hard work and dedication. They show Imperial continues to solve the problems of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, pushing the frontiers of knowledge, and transforming lives across the UK, Europe and the wider world. 

Our research is strong because of our collaborations – whether that’s across academic disciplines, institutions or international borders: we will always be a global institution.   

Imperial is going from strength to strength. This excellent news about our research follows Imperial being named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, this year’s University of the Year for Student Experience 2022 by the Good University Guide, our Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our COVID-19 response, and our highest ever student satisfaction scores last year.  

Thank you for everything you do for Imperial. 

I hope you can take a moment today to pause and take pride in what we have achieved together.  

Best wishes, 

Alice, Ian and Mary 


Professsor Alice P. Gast, President 

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost  

Professor Mary Ryan, Interim Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) 

Imperial has a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK university, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).

REF 2021

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Dr Enrico Biffis - Meet the finance expert whose work is helping the world’s transition to a low carbon economy.

Dr Cristina Banks-Leite - Meet the ecologist whose work is helping preserve biodiversity in Brazil's precious forests.