Research excellence at the University of Kent

Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy (UOA 3)

Kent submitted to this REF unit of assessment research undertaken by the Medway School of Pharmacy in the Faculty of Sciences.

Key highlights

Pharmacy was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity

  • An impressive 100% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF.
  • 93% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality, of which 81% was world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.


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
23 58 12 0 7 16.3


Sub-profiles % 4* % 3* % 2* % 1* % u/c
Outputs 30.1 56.2 11 0 2.7
Impact 0 60 13.3 0 26.7
Environment 25 62.5 12.5 0 0



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


Cellular imaging

Medway School of Pharmacy: Dr Claire Peppiatt-Wildman, Dr Scott Wildman

Through the visualisation of cellular events in live tissue, Claire Peppiatt-Wildman and Scott Wildman have developed new models for investigating kidney and bladder function in states of health and disease.

Gold nanoparticles

Nanoparticles in drug delivery

Medway School of Pharmacy: Dr Vadim Sumbayev

Research in the emerging area of nanotechnology, has shown that gold nanoparticles may be the key to developing new treatments for diseases such as allergy, leukaemia and autoimmune disorders.

Guide for pharmacologists

Medway School of Pharmacy: Professor Alistair Mathie

The proliferation of drug targets in recent years created the need for a new research resource. Alistair Mathie was one of three contributors who produced the Guide to Receptors and Channels (GRAC).

Image attribution: Yale Rosen, Lee Haywood

Corporate Communications

The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 1227 764000

Last Updated: 20/04/2015

Banner photo (c) Simon Tollington, DICE