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Pioneering research carried out by academics at Edge Hill University has been judged to be world leading in a national assessment of UK universities.

Some of the research carried out in the areas of Nursing and Midwifery, and History earned the coveted four star classification in the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Edge Hill University submitted work in six key areas – Nursing and Midwifery, Geography and Environmental Studies, Social Policy and Administration, Education, English Language and Literature, and History

Elements of the research carried out in Nursing and Midwifery, and History were deemed to be “world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.”

Some 90 per cent of the research submitted across all areas was judged to have reached international or national levels of excellence with nearly half being of internationally recognised quality.

The Assessment outcome is another significant milestone in the history of Edge Hill, coming just four months after the University gained the power to award research degrees.

Professor Alistair McCulloch, Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer, said:

“This is a high-level endorsement of Edge Hill’s growing research reputation over recent years and reflects both the quality and output of our academics’ work.

“For many years Edge Hill University has carried out research that has a significant impact on people’s lives and which frequently contributes to and helps shape government policy and high-profile national agendas.

“This latest Assessment shows how far we have come as an institution since the previous exercise was carried out in 2001. Today, not only do we earn national recognition for our work, we also punch our weight in international circles.”

The Research Assessment Exercise is carried out by HEFCE to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK institutions and to inform funding for research.

The research activity submitted by departments recognised for world leading research included, in the area of health, groundbreaking work in the care for the dying, care services for older people, quality of life for patients with head and neck cancer and the education and training of nurses.

The research submitted by academics in the University’s History department included work on the American Civil Rights Movement, and the history of crime.