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Queen Mary ranked fifth in the UK for research quality

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published today, confirm Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)’s place in the very top group of research-led universities.

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QMUL has been ranked 5th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK, according to tables published today in the Times Higher Education*.

A total of 154 institutions were submitted for the exercise.

The 2008 RAE confirmed Queen Mary to be one of the rising stars of the UK research environment and the REF 2014 shows that this upward trajectory has been maintained.

Professor Simon Gaskell, President and Principal of Queen Mary, said: “This is an outstanding result for Queen Mary. We have built upon the progress that was evidenced by the last assessment exercise and have now clearly cemented our position as one of the UK’s foremost research-led universities. This achievement is derived from the talent and hard work of our academic staff in all disciplines, and the colleagues who support them.”

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Universities submit their work across 36 panels of assessment. Research is judged according to quality of output (65 per cent), environment (15 per cent) and, for the first time, the impact of research (20 per cent).

These results will be used by Hefce to determine funding allocations for universities in Spring 2015.


* Overall QMUL is ranked 5th in the UK for the percentage of its 3* and 4* research outputs:

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