Research Excellence Framework
Research Excellence Framework 2021
Kent confirmed as a leading research university, with the majority of our REF submissions rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The University also rises by 11 places to 38 in the Times Higher Education’s ranking for overall quality in the REF.
Our results demonstrate that Kent continues to produce research that not only informs and underpins our teaching at all levels but also makes a very clear and significant difference to lives and livelihoods regionally, nationally and internationally.
8 subjects ranked by the THE in the top 10 for research quality: Architecture; Classics; History (1st in UK); Law; Philosophy; Social Work & Social Policy (3rd in UK); Theology; Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies.
Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Economics & Econometrics, English Language & Literature, Modern Languages & Linguistics, Geography & Environmental Studies ranked in top 25.
- 78 Impact Case Studies Studies submitted
- 1688 Research uptputs submitted
- 100% of all 830 eligible staff were submitted
- 26 Units of Assessment submitted to (3 more than 2014)
Kent’s reputation for world-leading research across the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences confirmed.
Our research spans the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences, with strengths in: Creativity, Culture & Heritage; Cyber Security, Digital Technology & Communication; Health, Social Care & Wellbeing; Social Justice, Inequalities & Conflict; Sustainability, Environment & Natural Resources.
Improving the science of making babies
Helping more than 15,000 IVF couples worldwide via the diagnosis of genetic disease in embryos
Changes to drug policies and services
Informing changes in drug policies through research on drug decriminalisation
Countering the UK’s position and policy on indefinite immigration detention through Refugee Tales
Mary Rose: A Chemical Conundrum
Contributing to the preservation of the ship Mary Rose, one of Britain’s historic treasures
Restoring the Palace
Influencing the restoration and renewal programme on the Palace of Westminster
Providing insights into loss of biodiversity
Using statistical modelling to inform Government policy on impact of climate change
Facial identification software system
Improving police investigation and detection methods with facial identification software
Compiling a new practical tool to help residents
Enhancing provision and safety for residential tenants, tower block residents, and homeless veterans