Research excellence at the University of Kent

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Kent is judged to have world-leading research in all subjects submitted in the REF 2014.


We are ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity*, taking into account the proportion of research staff submitted.

  • We submitted 85% of our research staff for the REF, the 13th highest proportion submitted overall. 
  • 15 out of our 23 submissions were ranked in their subject's top 20 for research intensity.


97% of Kent’s research is of international quality, up from 87% in 2008.

  • The percentage of Kent’s research deemed to be world-leading or internationally excellent is 73%, up from 55% in 2008.


Kent’s score for research power increased by 59%, the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities.

  • Kent has increased the number of its research active staff by 40% since 2008.


Contributing to the University’s REF success were:

  • the number of our world class publications
  • the number of research active staff
  • the demonstrable impact our research has made to the sciences and to economic, social and cultural understanding


The REF also endorsed Kent’s research community: all our academic schools provide an environment that is conducive to research of international excellence.

* of 122 universities not including specialist institutions; rankings are taken from the Times Higher Education, Jan 2015.


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Last Updated: 17/04/2015

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