Our REF2014 results

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REF2014 Research Excellence Framework

Over 69% of the research we submitted for review to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework achieved the two top grades: internationally excellent and world leading. We outperformed the newer universities in Scotland.

This is particularly important for us as a young university and shows the Highlands and Islands is more than capable of holding our own in a very competitive research environment, not only in Scotland, but in the UK and internationally.

The result shows strong evidence of developing research capacity across a broad range of subjects and underpins current and future economic activity in the Highlands and Islands, making a real difference to the environment, to the business community and to people’s lives.

Ratings awarded in the Research Excellence Framework inform funding decisions by the SFC. In addition, the new framework aims to provide accountability for public funding of research and demonstrate its benefits, in addition to providing benchmarks and reputational yardsticks.

Unit of assessmentProfileFTE category A staff submitted4*3*2*1*U
Allied health professions, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy Outputs   12 45 40 3 0
Impacts   27 73 0 0 0
Environment   25 63 13 0 0
Overall 5.2 17 53 28 2 0
Earth systems and environmental sciences Outputs   15 61 21 4 0
Impacts   10 90 0 0 0
Environment   15 60 25 0 0
Overall 32.45 14 66 17 3 0
Geography, environmental studies and archaeology Outputs   2 36 51 7 5
Impacts   0 60 40 0 0
Environment   13 38 25 25 0
Overall 13.20 3 41 45 8 3
Area studies Outputs   11 53 32 0 5
Impacts   20 60 20 0 0
Environment   40 60 0 0 0
Overall 7.25 17 55 25 0 3
Language and linguistics Outputs   14 41 36 9 0
Impacts   0 60 40 0 0
Environment   50 40 10 0 0
Overall 5.80 16 45 33 6 0
History Outputs   6 53 35 6 0
Impacts   50 50 0 0 0
Environment   20 40 40 0 0
Overall 4.20 17 50 29 4 0

Notes :

  • 4* Quality that is world leading
  • 3* Quality that is internationally excellent
  • 2* Quality that is recognised internationally
  • 1* Quality that is recognised nationally
  • U Quality below the standard of nationally recognised or work that is not eligible for the research excellence framework