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REF 2014 results announced

14 January 2015

The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 were announced just before Christmas and it made very good reading for Cardiff University. 

Cardiff University achieved 5th place in the UK in terms of the grade point average GPA of its overall quality profile. Thus a key Way Forward target of being placed in the top ten in the UK in terms of GPA was surpassed. This is great news for all of us.The School of Mathematics made great improvements on its RAE 2008 performance and we can all be extremely proud of this achievement.

In RAE 2008, the School submitted to the Pure Mathematics Unit of Assessment and was ranked joint 32nd out of 38 submissions with a GPA of 2.30. In REF 2014 the School submitted to the Mathematical Sciences Unit of Assessment and was ranked joint 19th out of 53 submissions with a GPA of 3.08. In RAE 2008 40% of our submission was rated at 4/3 world leading/internationally excellent. In REF 2014 this increased to a magnificent 90%. 

In fact, in terms of the proportion of our research at 4/3 we were ranked 9th overall and in terms of the GPA ranking of our outputs we were ranked 14th.Research impact was assessed for the first time in REF 2014. The School submitted three impact case studies which were assessed as 4, 3, 3. Everyone in the School has contributed to this success. We will undoubtedly benefit from this result when it is incorporated into the various league tables and together with the tremendous performance by the University should enable us to enhance our recruitment of the best staff and students.This year we will begin to make plans to build on this result so that we can continue our upward trajectory to REF 2020, but for now enjoy the success!

Cardiff School of Mathematics Newsletter January 2015

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