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Edge Hill University has performed strongly in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with all subject areas featuring ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ research.

The REF – the results of which were made public today – assesses the quality of research at universities across the UK and informs research funding allocations from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, HEFCE.

The significant growth of Edge Hill’s research profile is reflected in the results, with an overall 225% increase in the volume of academic staff submitting research since 2008’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and with Edge Hill being listed as the biggest improver in the Times’ table (+33 places).

Scores for all six of the Units of Assessment (UOA) Edge Hill submitted in the 2008 RAE have improved in the 2014 REF, and all 12 of the UOAs submitted by the University for this assessment have been classified as exhibiting ‘internationally excellent’ research within them. Ten have been identified as having ‘world-leading’ research.

Psychology, English, Law & Criminology, Sport and Media have performed particularly strongly. In both Sport and Media, 45% of work submitted was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. 44% of submitted research from Psychology and English was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent while Edge Hill’s Law School had 50% of research rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.

Of the University’s more established UOAs, Health and History were the star performers, with 100% of History submissions being rated as either world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. 55% of submitted Health research was identified as internationally excellent or world-leading.

A new category has been introduced for the REF 2014, assessing the wider impact of research in society. Edge Hill’s Education, Law and Sport research was considered particularly strong in terms of impact, with Law coming in the top 30 and Sport one of the top 25 institutions in overall impact tables. Education and Sport both demonstrated impact that was considered world leading.

Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Edge Hill University said: “Edge Hill is five years into a capacity building programme for research and cultivating potential, and I am delighted to see the strategy vindicated by these REF results.
“We have increased our submissions by 225% since 2008 and I am particularly pleased to see the positive impact the introduction of our GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant) scheme has had on our environment scores as we have a high level of submissions (25%) by early career researchers.”

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are delighted to round off 2014 as not only University of the Year but to also display a strong set of results from the REF. We have demonstrated a number of world-leading and internationally excellent results and the investment we have made, and continue to make into our life changing research and first class staff is really paying dividends. We are able to provide students with an academically rigorous and outstanding student experience with the academics producing this highly rated research also teaching at all levels across all our faculties.”

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