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Economics ranked in the top 10 (REF 2014)

Posted on 18/12/2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) has just finished evaluating the research of 154 UK universities and the news is good for RHUL Economics. The Department has risen to the top ten in the fiercely competitive economics field, receiving especially high scores for the real-world impact of its research and for the percent of research rated by the REF panel as “world leading”. According to the ranking produced by Times Higher Education we are 9th overall, 9th in output and 7th in Impact. The 'overall' ranking is as follows;

1. UCL 
2. LSE 
3. Oxford
4. Cambridge
5. Warwick
6. Bristol 
7. Essex
8. Edinburgh
9. RHUL 
10. Nottingham

Submitted research branched out into surprising directions like the economics of illicit drugs while also addressing core economics subject matter like female labour supply. Impact case studies on migration and saving civilian live in Afghanistan also highlight the department’s mixture of tradition and innovation. 

Head of Department Professor Michael Spagat commented:
I’m so happy the REF panel has appreciated the Department’s wide array of innovative research ranging from high-level theory down to the most practical applications that can improve peoples’ lives. Royal Holloway economics is such an exciting place to work!


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