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World-leading research impact of Biological Sciences confirmed by REF21

World-leading research impact of Biological Sciences confirmed by REF21

  • Date13 May 2022

The latest Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021 results published on Thursday confirm Royal Holloway’s position as a world-leading research-intensive university in the area of Biological Sciences.

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The REF21 results reveal that 100% of our research impact was judged to be 4* and 3* world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. This places the department in the top 25% of departments nationally for research impact.

High scores were also awarded for research output (85%) and research environment (75%) for 4* and 3* world-leading and internationally excellent standards. 

Dr James McEvoy, Head of Department of Biological Sciences commented,

"This strong set of results underlines the quality of our research profile and the internationally respected scientists who teach our students. I'm delighted to have that recognised by REF21." 


From gene therapy and drug resistance to threats to pollinators and food security, our pioneering research demonstrates world-class impact and benefit to society and illustrates that our students are taught at the cutting-edge of Biological Sciences. 

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