As measured by the proportion of the highest quality outputs - deemed 4* and 3* in the REF exercise - 88% of the School's submitted research outputs were judged to be "world-leading" or "internationally excellent". This has placed the School of Biosciences in the top 10 nationally. The School was also placed in the top 10 nationally for "research intensity" - the measure that also takes into account the proportion of eligible staff submitted to the assessment exercise.
In rankings based on grade point average (GPA) - the measure that is widely reported in league tables - the School was ranked 23rd in the UK. This places Kent equal with Queen Mary and King's College London, and above prestigious institutions that include Bath, Warwick, Southampton, Durham, Nottingham and Essex.
The REF results cap an extraordinary period of success for the School of Biosciences. They follow our exceptional performance in the National Student Survey, which has also placed undergraduate degree programmes within the School in the top 10 for overall student satisfaction for thee consecutive years including 2016. These external measures of academic excellence confirm the School as a leading UK centre of research, education and training within the biological sciences.