REF 2014

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The quality of Imperial’s research has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and this marks the College’s best ever performance in a research assessment exercise, improving in every Unit of Assessment. 91% of Imperial research is classed as “world-leading” (46% achieved the highest possible 4* score) or “internationally excellent”(44% achieved 3*) – the highest proportion of any major university. The results also show that the Imperial environment  is ranked top or joint-top for producing “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” research in all of the Units of Assessment to which it made submissions.

This success is replicated within Imperial College Business School where we submitted 94% of eligible faculty, which we believe is substantially higher than many comparator institutions:

  • Overall, 92% of the School’s research assessed by peer review in the REF was classed as ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).This was the highest proportion achieved by any institution in the ‘business and management’ category, and improves on our 2008 result of 85%.
  • Overall, 49% of our research was assessed as 4*; the 2008 result was 35%.
  • 89% of our Research Outputs were deemed to be 4* and 3* which places Imperial College Business School ahead of all other institutions in business and management.

Dean of Imperial College Business School, Professor G. “Anand” Anandalingam said: ‘In one of the most competitive academic fields, we have been scrutinised and assessed by our UK peers, and proven our status as being at or near the top in the UK in business research….This achievement in the REF is a team effort and I would like to thank all those who have contributed to our collective success, not only our faculty, but our students, professional staff, colleagues from across Imperial and our external partners.’

Commenting on Imperial’s full result, Provost Professor James Stirling CBE FRS said: ‘These REF results confirm Imperial’s status as one of the world’s great research universities. It is gratifying to see the outstanding work of so many colleagues acknowledged in this way…. Government support has enabled UK universities like Imperial to compete with the best in the world. To keep this position and to harness the impact of universities in building a dynamic and innovative economy, targeted and sustainable investment is essential.’

For further details of the results contact Strategic Research Manager, David Wilson or to learn more about Imperial’s performance visit the College’s REF website.