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REF 2014 ranks Earth Sciences research 2nd among UK universities

Posted on 18/12/2014

The biggest research assessment in the world today (Thursday 18 December) confirmed that the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway is a world-leading research department.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) reported that in its assessment 94% of research has been classified as 4* world leading and 3* internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. By this criterion, Earth Sciences is 2nd place among UK universities.

As a result of Earth Sciences maintaining a very strong research performance in 2009-2014 our overall REF ranking based on GPA has achieved a position of 9th in the UK.

We have also received top rankings in terms of 4* and 3* high impact research, which underlines the influential contribution that our research makes to society and the economy, and for research environment reflecting our world-leading research quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability.

Professor Peter Burgess, Head of Department said,

“We are very excited to have performed so strongly, especially in our 4* and 3* combined scores. I would like to thank my Royal Holloway Earth Sciences colleagues for all of their hard work delivering both an excellent research result and also excellent teaching informed by that research.”

The REF 2014 was undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies. The periodic assessment exercise, is intended to review the quality of academic research being carried out in UK universities. The results of the REF 2014 will be used to determine research funding from 2015-16 to support a dynamic and internationally competitive UK research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge. 


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