Most Business School research was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

2014 Research Excellence Framework

The majority of Business School research was 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) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

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

Business and Management

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 and Econometrics

The Economics and Econometrics UoA 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.