Research

Research excellence at the University of Kent


REF 2014 results

Kent is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity, we have world-leading research in all subjects and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality as shown by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Contributing to the University’s REF success were the number of our world-class publications, the number of research-active staff and the demonstrable impact our research has made to the sciences and industry, 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.

Results per unit of assessment

The University made submissions to 23 units of assessment in the REF.

REF Unit of Assessment Academic schools involved FTE Overall quality profile
4* 3* 2* 1* U/c
3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy 16.30 23 58 12 0 7
4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience 33.13 23 54 20 2 1
5 Biological Sciences 24.20 19 69 12 0 0
8 Chemistry 17.00 12 66 20 2 0
9 Physics 5.00 27 48 25 0 0
10 Mathematical Sciences 33.08 10 62 28 0 0
11 Computer Science and Informatics 29.10 18 63 17 2 0
15 General Engineering 24.00 11 59 28 1 1
16 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning 11.40 26 22 40 12 0
18 Economics and Econometrics 21.90 4 40 40 16 0
19 Business and Management Studies 43.30 19 48 31 2 0
20 Law 43.60 36 43 20 1 0
21 Politics and International Studies 30.75 16 47 33 4 0
22 Social Work and Social Policy 54.58 50 38 11 1 0
24 Anthropology and Development Studies 27.27 11 48 35 5 1
26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism 11.00 14 38 42 6 0
28 Modern Languages and Linguistics 24.70 39 46 15 0 0
29 English Language and Literature 38.10 34 40 21 5 0
30 History 31.40 27 43 29 1 0
31 Classics 12.40 23 43 31 3 0
32 Philosophy 13.20 18 39 40 3 0
33 Theology and Religious Studies 7.88 38 37 23 2 0
35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts 38.00 39 44 15 2 0

 

Key

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 assessed research based on the following criteria:

ClassificationDescription
4* World-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
3* Internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
2* Recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
1* Recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Unclassified (u/c) Falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.

 

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Last Updated: 17/04/2015

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