Politics and International Relations

Research Excellent Framework (REF) 2014

Kent submitted to this REF unit of assessment research undertaken by the School of Politics and International Relations in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Key highlights

Politics and international relations was ranked 15th for research power and in the top 20 for research impact in the UK.

  • In the top 20 (15th) Politics departments in the UK for Research Power (Power takes into account the REF overall score for research quality (GPA) and the number of research staff submitted).
  • In the top 20 Politics departments in the UK for Research Impact (Impact is the REF assessment of the ‘reach and significance’ of the submission).
  • 100% of our Research Impact Case Studies were deemed to be 4*(world leading) or 3*(internationally excellent).
  • View our full REF submission report here

What is the REF?

The Research Excellence Framework or REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) through a process of expert review carried out in 36 subject-based units of assessment.

Overall quality profile

You can find more about the REF, its assessment critera and marking scheme on our What is the REF? page.

% 4* % 3* % 2* % 1* % u/c FTE
16 47 33 4 0 30.75


Sub-profiles % 4* % 3* % 2* % 1* % u/c
Outputs 17.7 40.6


5.4 0
Impact 40 60 0 0 0
Environment 0 62.5 37.5 0 0


The following are summaries of the impact case studies submitted to demonstrate Kent research making a difference.

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Last Updated: 19/06/2015