Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results
17 December 2014
The UK-wide assessment of the quality of university research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), has given Cardiff University's 'Allied Health' Unit of Assessment at 3.42 out of 4 in this area against a UK average of just over 3. This places the School of Healthcare Sciences, as part of this Unit of Assessment, 4th in the country.
90% of our submissions to the REF that exemplified our societal benefit were given the highest four-star rating.
We were also ranked 1st in the UK for our research environment, another of the REF rankings. This was assessed to be 100% at the highest four-star rating, indicative of an environment that is "conducive to producing research of world-leading quality". This same environment supports undergraduate and post-graduate training, supplying many of the UK's top professionals in these disciplines.
Professor Sheila Hunt, Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences, said;
"I am very proud of the positive results that the 'Allied Health' Unit of Assessment has had, and the significant contribution made by academics in Healthcare Sciences to the overall success of the UoA submission. This drives home the real impact that as a School our research is having on improving healthcare in Wales and beyond.
Going forward, we have a new five-year research strategy for the School, which seeks to build on our successes to ensure we grow our reputation as a centre for innovative health research with an international reputation for excellence and impact."
The research themes outlined in the new strategy are:
- Enhancing palliative, emotional and supportive care
- Workforce, innovation and improvement
- Maternal, child and family health and wellbeing
- Repair, re-ablement, rehabilitation and recovery
This enables the School to bring together allied healthcare professionals, nurses and midwives to share across disciplines cross-cutting research opportunities and results.
The 'Allied Health' unit comprises researchers from groups in Dentistry; Healthcare Sciences; Medicine (Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine); Optometry and Vision Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.