Regional impact

Research excellence



Kent’s status as a leading UK research university was underlined in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which assesses quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The Times Higher Education (THE)’s REF league tables ranked Kent 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 non-specialist institutions.

The REF also confirmed that Kent has world-leading research across all its subject areas, and that 97% of the University’s research is of international quality.

The University’s REF success was based on the large number of research-active staff – more than 600 were included in our REF submission – who are producing a substantial number of world-class publications, while also generating a demonstrable impact to the economy as well as society more broadly.

For example, Kent contributed and responded in various ways to the London 2012 Olympics, including research to help train British cyclists.

Research has always been an important part of the University’s mission since it was founded 50 years ago and we continue to make a difference on a regional, national and international basis. Income from research grants and contracts continues to grow, amounting to nearly £13.4m in 2012/13.

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Last Updated: 12/05/2015

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