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At Staffordshire University, we are producing world-class and innovative research. We are proud to contribute to leaps in knowledge, understanding and discovery. Our researchers are also having a tangible impact on improving the quality of people’s lives locally, nationally and globally.

It’s one of the reasons why 68% of the University’s research was rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. We also saw 87% of our research impact classed as “very considerable” or “outstanding”.

Through our thriving staff and student research community, we’re building a growing network of expertise. And with access to professional development, encouragement and help with funding opportunities, it’s the perfect place to pursue your research ambitions.

Our participatory action research means we work with communities, making a difference to where they live and tackling social injustice.
Nicola Gratton

Social Inequality researcher

Join our research community

Staffordshire University is home to hundreds of PhD and Professional Doctorate researchers. We also have a vibrant community of research-active staff.As a researcher, you’ll be working with our Research, Innovation and Impact Services team. We can offer lots of support, including help with funding bids, project management and measuring research impact.

We are also growing our innovation and enterprise work, with opportunities for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and other business collaborations.

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Research Excellence Framework

Our mission is to be a force for social good and a catalyst for change. It cuts to the heart of much of our research.In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 87% of our research impact was judged to be “very considerable” or “outstanding”. The projects ranged from championing social justice to improving patient care.We are now embedding research, innovation and enterprise into everyday life at Staffordshire University.

The Research, Innovation and Impact Services team can provide information about all aspects of research at Staffordshire University.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021