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Research excellence with impact produced at Teesside University

18 December 2014 @TeesUniNews

 

Results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) have highlighted the benefit and impact of research produced at Teesside University.

The 2014 results showed considerable progress since the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with the majority of work rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research produced at Teesside University was considered to have strong impact. 100% of the Social Policy, History and Allied Health submissions, and 90% of the general Engineering submission, was rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of impact. Impact accounts for 20% of the evaluation under the REF 2014 and requires higher education institutions to demonstrate the beneficial impact of their research to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life. Other Teesside University highlights from REF 2014 include:

• 87% of research entered in Social Policy is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent and Teesside is ranked joint fifth place from 62 submissions for this quality measure • 73% of research entered in History is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent • 68% of research entered in Allied Health is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The 2014 REF results also highlighted strengths in two new categories submitted for assessment in Art and Design and English Language and Literature.

Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University, said: 'We have created a culture here at Teesside University which is supportive of high-quality, impactful research. I am delighted with the progress that has been made and that so many of our researchers have had their work to be judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.'

Professor Cliff Hardcastle, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Business Engagement), added: 'There has been a significant improvement in all areas which is a fantastic result for the University. These results provide a strong message about the quality and value of our research.

'I am particularly pleased about the impact our research is judged to have made and that every single subject area has research that is world-leading. We have continued to invest in research and have created a culture in which research can flourish. These fantastic results are a significant indication that we are moving in the right direction.'

A breakdown of Teesside University’s 2014 REF results:

Allied Health – 68% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Art and Design - 30% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Business & management – 37% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Computer science– 45% of research recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

English Language and Literature - 57% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Engineering - 59% of research recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

History - 73% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Social Policy - 87% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.