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12 May 2022

Celebrating research impact and power in Research Excellence Framework 2021

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy has placed top five for research impact and power in the latest UK wide assessment of research, conducted through the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Achieving a GPA of 3.51, English Language and Literature, which included research from Philosophy, has improved on the 2014 submission while nearly doubling returned FTE (or full-time equivalent staff).

A score of 3.90 places the School’s research 4th in the UK for its impact on wider communities and 5th for research power, an indicator of the scale and quality of our submission.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 provide a national picture of world-leading research produced across the breadth of university activity. A vital element is illustrating the benefits research delivers beyond academia, including how it brings tangible changes to aspects of society and life, and the public value it delivers.

Head of School, Professor Martin Willis said:

“Our multidisciplinary research encompasses expertise from groups such as Science Humanities and Image Works and for the first time includes the excellent research of the School’s philosophers. We have transformed understanding of historical illustrations, changed public thinking about gender and soldiering, increased everyday use of the Welsh language, enhanced communication strategies in dementia care, and expanded social inclusion in cultural and organisational practice.”

The University fosters an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community and submitted 100% of eligible staff in the English Language and Literature Unit of Assessment.

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REF assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The impact of our research and environment in which we work at Cardiff University were integral to our REF 2021 submission.