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UCLan staff celebrate REF achievements

19 December 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) world-leading research staff have raised a glass to celebrate their Research Excellence Framework (REF) success.

Researchers toast success

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) world-leading research staff have raised a glass to celebrate their Research Excellence Framework (REF) success.

The latest REF results, which were revealed on Thursday 18 December, show that UCLan has been officially recognised as demonstrating elements of world-leading* research in all 16 subject areas that were submitted. The Executive Deans from all four of UCLan’s Colleges; Business, Law and Social Sciences; Culture, Media and Sport; Health and Social Care; and Science and Technology today congratulated staff on their achievements.

Dr Nigel Harrison, Executive Dean of the College of Health and Social Care, said: “I am extremely proud that 59% of the research submitted by my College was recognised as being world-leading or of international standing.  It is a significant achievement with a 24% improvement in comparison with the RAE of 2008. 

“It is also very impressive that 66.7% of research was rated as either 4* or 3* when measured for impact. This highlights that two thirds of the research undertaken within the College is making a real difference to people’s lives, enhancing healthcare in dentistry, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy.”

"I am delighted with the excellent research endeavour that staff across the College have engaged in during the years since the RAE of 2008."

Professor Aidan Worsley, Executive Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, commented: “I am delighted with the excellent research endeavour that staff across the College have engaged in during the years since the RAE of 2008. Great strides have been made in the quality of our research, the environment in which our research takes place and the contribution this knowledge has made to the real world.

The new measures around impact show the real differences research at UCLan is making to improving people’s lives, the economy and the communities around the North West.  We also see the international impact of our research, highlighting that UCLan clearly is a University with a global reach. I would like to warmly congratulate all those researchers in the College whose work has been involved in the REF and, of course, all those who helped compile the submissions which were considered.”

The Executive Dean of the College of Culture, Media and Sport Dr Andrew Ireland said: “The REF results demonstrate an impressive range of world-leading and international research being undertaken by so many talented academics. There are some tremendous increases in terms of output and environment, and strong levels of research impact. The results provide the College with a strong footing to continue to grow and develop the research profile – it’s an exciting place to be. Here’s to REF 2020.”

Dr Allison Jones, Executive Dean of the College of Science and Technology, added: “I am enormously proud that research conducted by academics within the College has been graded as being world-leading or internationally excellent.   

I am particularly pleased with the levels of the impact achieved, clearly recognising that the research we do makes a difference to improving people’s lives, the economy and communities across the world.  I would like to congratulate and thank all those researchers in the College whose work has been involved in the REF, both directly and indirectly.”

Professor Robert Walsh, Executive Director of Research, echoed the Executive Deans’ sentiments.  He commented: “The REF 2014 results show that UCLan can hold its own when it comes to research performance across the UK university sector. 

“It is marvellous to be part of a wider industry that has increased the quality and impact of its research; within that UCLan has improved upon its league table position with a significant boost to our performance in international research outputs and collaborations. We deliver on real-world research with real-world impact and have the foundation in place to enhance further our research and innovation excellence.”

Click the link below to the Flickr Gallery to see pictures of the celebration.