Staffordshire University celebrates improved research performance

“We’re delighted that our continued investment in our research capabilities has been recognised as being internationally significant through the REF and we plan to build on this. Our students benefit from being taught by great academics who are working at the forefront of their field and whose research work feeds into our curriculum.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Allan Howells

78 per cent of research carried out at Staffordshire University is of international standard, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) announced today.

The University is celebrating an improved position in the REF which makes a judgement on the research activities of UK universities in terms of output and impact.

The results, published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, measure the quality of research conducted by 91 researchers at Staffordshire University – 20 more than in the last submission, in 2008.

These results show that:

  • Staffordshire University has improved its overall research rating by 35 per cent

  • 78 per cent of all research was judged to be 2* or above (internationally recognised).

  • Staffordshire University has demonstrated strength in impact and outputs in the STEM subjects. 100 per cent of psychology research was given an impact score of 3* and above, followed by 80 per cent for sport and exercise science, and 50% of the outputs in sport and exercise science and general engineering were 3* and above (internationally excellent or better).

  • 16 per cent of Education research was judged to be 4* - world leading.

  • 50 per cent of business and management research was rated over 3* for impact.

Welcoming the news, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Allan Howells said: “These results send out a clear message that Staffordshire University is serious about research and about the impact of research within our region and further afield.”

“We’re delighted that our continued investment in our research capabilities has been recognised as being internationally significant through the REF and we plan to build on this. Our students benefit from being taught by great academics who are working at the forefront of their field and whose research work feeds into our curriculum.”

Professor Nachi Chockalingam, who heads up the University’s professoriate, also welcomed the results.
“For the first time, the REF looks at the impact of research and this University prides itself on impact and application of its research on people, organisations and businesses worldwide.

“The fact that almost half of the University’s submissions were made by early career researchers demonstrates that Staffordshire University is a great place for people to develop and grow their careers and their research areas.”

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