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Research Excellence Framework 2014

‌The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were published in December 2014.

REF at a Glance

Ranked 4th in the North West for Research Intensity

Times Higher Education and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 has ranked Liverpool Hope University fourth in the North West for Research Intensity.

The universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Liverpool and Liverpool Hope make up the top four ahead of the University of Salford, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester Metropolitan, University of Central Lancashire, University of Chester, Edge Hill, University of Bolton and University of Cumbria.

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Why is REF significant?

Liverpool Hope places a strong emphasis on research-informed teaching. The research done by our academics informs the teaching that our students receive, ensuring that our courses are innovative, current and stimulating.

The four UK higher education funding bodies also allocate about £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research. REF results give an indication of the research culture at an institution and the impact that research has on society. 

More on REF: 

More than a third of research at Liverpool Hope 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' 

 

 

Departmental Results

Education

 

87% of the Unit's research activity was internationally excellent or internationally recognised with 15% at world leading level. 40% of the Impact of this Unit's research is world leading.

 

English


32.3% of research output quality rated as world-leading, this Unit is ranked 4th in the North West for Research Intensity.
 

Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
67% of the research of this Department is at least at an internationally recognised level. 80% of their Impact is rated as internationally recognised.
 

Geography


75% of the research outputs of this Department are at least at an internationally recognised level.
 

Health Science


This Unit is rated 2nd in the North West and 21st in the UK for their research intensity.
 
History and Politics


History: 86% of the Department's research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised. 50% of the Impact of the research activity of the Unit is at an internationally excellent level.

Politics and International Relations: 58% of the research of the Department is internationally recognised or internationally excellent with 70% of the Impact of their research graded as internationally recognised.
 

Mathematics and Computer Science

With 100% of the Research Outputs of the Department at internationally excellent or internationally recognised level, the Department is ranked 5th in the North West for Research Intensity.

Music
Ranked 2nd in the North West after the University of Manchester, 99% of the research activity of this Unit is world-leading or of international quality. 100% of the Impact of this Unit's research was rated as at least internationally excellent.
 
Psychology
86% of the Psychology Department's research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
 
Social Science
Ranked 12th in the UK for their research outputs at 3*/4* with 73.7% of the Unit's research outputs rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
 
Social Work, Care and Justice
Ranked 12th in the UK for their research outputs at 3*/4* with 73.7% of the Unit's research outputs rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
 
Theology, Philosophy and Religion 100% of this Unit's Impact is at internationally recognised level. 79.7% of this Unit's research outputs were rated as at least internationally recognised with 9% of the research activity world-leading.
 

 

Impact Case Studies

New under REF 2014, was the requirement to submit Impact Case Studies reflecting the impact that our research activities have had outside of the academic environment.  Please find below a series of short videos where our Unit of Assessment Co-ordinators discus our submitted case studies.

 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Daniel Jeyaraj

Theology and Religious Studies

 

Bryce Evans

History

 

Guy Cuthbertson

English Language and Literature

 

Lena Simic

Drama, Dance and Performing Arts

 

Manuella Blackburn

Music

 

 Michael Holmes Research Excellence Framework IMPACT Video thumbnail

Politics and International Studies

 

George Mair

Social Work and Social Policy

Faculty of Education

Dr Elizabth Green REF thumb 

Education

 

Faculty of Science

 Atulya Nagar  Video thumb

Computer Science and Informatics

 

Paul Rooney

Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

 

Simon Marwood

Sports and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism

 

Philippe Chassy

Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience