REF 2014

Cardiff University has leapt to 5th in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on the quality of our research, a meteoric rise that confirms our place as a world-leading university.

We have risen 17 places on the quality measure, making us the fastest rising amongst the leading research universities of the Russell Group, climbing from 22nd in 2008.

For the first time the funding councils have sought to measure the impact of our research, and again the University has performed outstandingly on this indicator, ranked 2nd in the UK.

An impressive 87% of our research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

This extraordinary achievement marks us out as a world leader and puts Cardiff on the map globally and nationally. We are an extremely ambitious and innovative University and we are not afraid to set challenging goals. Achieving this outstanding result is a testimony to the excellence and hard work of all our staff. It is part of a very clear strategic vision for the University, one that will see our reputation rise globally to the benefit of Cardiff, Wales and the UK.

Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor

Highlights

Some of the highlights of our performance include:

  • Civil and Construction Engineering - ranked 1st in the UK on quality, 97% of the research submitted was classed as being of a world-leading or internationally excellent quality. Its world-leading research received a 100% measure in terms of impact.
  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience - ranked 2nd in the UK on quality, 92% of the research submitted was classed as being of a world-leading or internationally excellent quality. Its world-leading research received a 90% measure in terms of impact.
  • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management - ranked 2nd in the UK on quality, 89% of the research submitted was classed as being of a world-leading or internationally excellent quality. Its research received a 100% measure in terms of impact.
  • Sociology - ranked 3rd in the UK, 80% of the research submitted was deemed 'outstanding' for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.
  • Education - ranked joint 5th in the UK, 100% of the research environment was rated as conducive to producing research of world-leading quality in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy - ranked joint 4th in the UK on quality, 94% of the research submitted was classed as being of a world-leading or internationally excellent quality. Its world-leading research received a 90% measure in terms of impact.
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics - ranked 1st in the UK on impact, 84% of the research submitted was classed as being of a world-leading or internationally excellent quality. Its world-leading research received a 100% measure in terms of impact.

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Postgraduate research

Units of Assessment

We have submitted to 27 of the 36 Units of Assessment, reflecting our innovative and interdisciplinary research.

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Submissions by Academic School

Explore our submissions to the Units of Assessment by Academic School.