Warwick is one of the UK’s leading research universities and the quality and impact of our research is demonstrated by our excellent research rankings.
The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), replacing the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), was conducted in 2014 with Warwick ranked 7th overall in the UK (based on multi-faculty institutions).
|Ranking||University||No. of submissions|
|1||Imperial College London||13|
|2||London School of Economics and Political Science||13|
|3||University of Oxford||29|
|4||University of Cambridge||30|
|6||Kings College London||24|
|7||University of Warwick||23|
|7||University College London||32|
|9||London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine||2|
|10||Queen Mary University of London||19|
The results of the REF 2014 placed a significant number of Warwick departments in the top 10 in the UK in their unit of assessment:
Departments in the top 10 of departments in their unit of assessment for REF 2014
|1||English and Comparative Literary Studies|
|2||Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the current School of Life Sciences|
|6||Politics and International Studies|
|6||Film and Television Studies|
|8||Classics and Ancient History|
|10||School of Law|
In addition to this, four of Warwick's departments were ranked as the leading academic department for outputs (publications) in the country, with 19 Warwick departments in the top 10 in the UK, based on outputs.
The ranking exercise known as the “Research Excellence Framework (REF)” is run by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, to assess the quality of UK research and to inform the distribution of public funds for research until the next ranking exercise in 2020.
The REF 2014 results were compiled using a Quality profile which identifies the proportion of activity reaching each of five Quality levels – four ranked and defined 'starred' Quality levels and unclassified:
- 4* Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- 3* Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
- 2* Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- 1* Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.
Our 4* research has risen from 21% to 37% and a total of 87% of the University’s research activity was ranked at a Quality level of either 3* or 4*. Warwick did not receive any unclassified rankings in REF 2014.
Full results of the REF 2014 and further details can be obtained from http://www.ref.ac.uk/