Research Impact

We are a civic university, and it is important to us that as well as being excellent in its own right, our research benefits the communities and stakeholders we serve. This benefit, or impact, which takes many forms, can be defined as:

“the effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia” (Research England definition for Research Excellence Framework - REF).

In REF 2014, we submitted 16 impact case studies, and some of the highlights include:

Full details of all of our case studies are available at the REF 2014 website.

Our impact case studies for REF 2021 have been submitted, and we will receive feedback for them in April 2022.

University of the Year

Edufuturist Awards 2021

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020