Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Business School research rated internationally excellent in latest national assessment

Business School research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the first assessment of the research quality of UK universities since 2008, the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Submissions to the REF were made in 36 Units of Assessment (UoA) and the quality of research was assessed using a 0-4* rating system

The Business and Management UoA included submissions from Accounting, Finance, Management Studies and Organisation Studies and was the largest in the country with 101 submissions in total. 73% of Business School research was rated at either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and, when taken together, resulted in a national ranking of 27.

Economics was placed in the top 20 nationally with 72% of research at 4* or 3*, placing it 18 out of 28. It was also 18th for its 4* research alone.

Robin Mason, Dean said: “I am pleased by this consistent performance across the School and my personal thanks go out to all the academic and professional services staff who have contributed to this result. There was exceptionally strong competition in both UoAs which makes our performance all the more creditable.”

At an institutional level, 82% of Exeter’s research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent which represents a huge rise from 56% in 2008 and places it first in the South West.

Three Units of Assessments are in the national top 5, eight in the national top 10 and more than three quarters of all Units of Assessments are in the top 20 for their discipline, when taking research graded at 4*and 3* together, Exeter is ranked 16th in the UK for 4* research - the very highest grade.

Date: 18 December 2014

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