REF results for University of Leicester
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Paul Boyle, said:
The first Research Excellence Framework (REF) results set out the national landscape for research performance and impact across universities. There will be different ways of interpreting the results and ranking institutions, and Leicester has performed well in key areas.
We are delighted to see that The Guardian has ranked the University of Leicester in the top quartile of UK universities, where we are placed 27th out of 154 institutions. We are also ranked in the top 25 UK universities in the THE Research Power rankings.
The vast majority of research at Leicester was judged to be of global significance. 75% of our research was judged to be internationally excellent. That Leicester also entered a substantial proportion of academics - 84% - to the REF demonstrates that our academics are continuing to develop and build upon our world-leading research
We are also pleased to see that Leicester demonstrated the strong public impact of its research in the first year that this factor was measured. Our School of Museum Studies remains one of the top research departments in the country and achieved the highest grading possible – 100% - for its impact. It contains the highest ranking research in Museum Studies in the UK and 85% of their publications since 2008 were judged to be internationally excellent or world leading. 65% of research in clinical medicine at Leicester was given the highest rating of 4* - classed as world leading – for its impact thanks to work that our academics are doing to improve health in the local community. The public impact of our archaeological work, that included the dig for Richard III, was judged to be ‘internationally excellent’ or better.
These results provide a platform upon which to build. As part of the strategic conversation I am having with staff and students across the University, we will be deciding where we need to consolidate our strength and where we need to develop.