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Academic research stars celebrate REF2014 results

18 December 2014

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Highly anticipated results highlight world-leading credentials

Academics from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are celebrating after the long awaited results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) were revealed.

All 16 academic areas submitted to REF by UCLan have been officially recognised as demonstrating elements of world-leading research.

For the period between January 2008 and December 2013, the REF assessed the submitted research outputs generated, the overall research environment created and the external impact from UCLan research across 16 disciplines. These ratings are determined by peer review panels according to how much of the work submitted for assessment is judged to reach international levels of excellence.

UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry Kelleher, said: “These results are the well-deserved reward for the outstanding effort and dedication shown by our academic community and I’m pleased with the outcome.

“UCLan’s REF results testify to the University’s significant progress in the research arena over the past five years. Research excellence is extremely important for UCLan in its own right as well as driving academic enterprise and enriching the experience of our students. We will continue to support and grow high quality research, which as these results demonstrate is creating major impact outside of academia.”

"These results are the well-deserved reward for the outstanding effort and dedication shown by our academic community and I’m pleased with the outcome."


Among the array of subjects rated with the highest number of internationally excellent or world-leading research ‘outputs’* are General Engineering; Modern Languages and Linguistics; Communication, Culture and Media Studies; and Physics.

The ‘impact’** of UCLan’s research was also highly rated. Nearly 50% of UCLan’s REF submission has been classified as having outstanding or very considerable impact in terms of its reach and significance (in the top 4 star and 3 star categories). Disciplines with the best impact ratings include Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Social Work and Social Policy; English Language and Literature; Business and Management; and Communication, Culture and Media Studies.

Professor Robert Walsh, Executive Director of Research, said: “I’m very pleased with our REF results as they show UCLan to be a source of research excellence internationally.

“Our desire to create new knowledge and apply it for practical benefit in the interests of people and society has been justified and serves as an excellent foundation to build upon in the coming years. Put simply UCLan’s research is making a real difference to people’s lives throughout the world.”

UCLan’s REF results are available now as well as UCLan’s REF impact case studies.