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Dentistry ranks among the best in UK

23 January 2015

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014

The sustained excellence of our world-leading interdisciplinary health research - involving contributions from the academic schools of Dentistry, Healthcare Sciences, Medicine, Optometry and Vision Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - has resulted in Cardiff being ranked among the very best in the UK.

The UK-wide assessment of the quality of University research, called the Research Excellence Framework (REF), scored Cardiff at 3.42 out of 4 in this area against a UK average of just over 3. This placed us 4th out of 94 in the country.

94% of our research submitted was classed as being of a world-leading or internationally excellent quality.  This world-leading research has enabled us to deliver world-leading impact for society (90% world-class; 2nd position) which has been underpinned by our enviable research environment (100% world-class; equal 1st).

Professor Phil Stephens (Vice Dean for Research) said: "The School is extremely proud of its achievements as an integral part of Cardiff University's submission to this assessment area. It is an excellent result for the School of Dentistry and is testament to all the hard work of our staff and students and our focussed research strategy over the past five years, developing research areas that have had a significant impact for society".

This Impact includes the work of Professor Jonathan Shepherd within the School of Dentistry whose research on information sharing has led to a global reduction in violence-related crime.

The quality and impact of Cardiff University's research generally has led to a meteoric rise in league tables, pushing us into the UK's top 5 universities.

The University has climbed 17 places in REF 2014 making it the fastest rising amongst the leading research universities of the Russell Group.

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