Top ten in UK for internationally-recognised research excellence

9094480516_15224345a5The University of Kent School of Biosciences has consolidated its position as one of the strongest Biological Science departments in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). As measured by the proportion of the highest quality outputs – deemed 4* and 3* in the REF exercise – 88% of the School’s submitted research outputs were judged to be “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”. This has placed the School of Biosciences in the top 10 nationally.

As measured by the grade point average (GPA) that is widely reported in league tables, the School was ranked 23rd in the UK – equal with Queen Mary and King’s College London, and above prestigious institutions that include Bath, Warwick, Southampton, Durham, Nottingham and Essex.

The REF results cap an extraordinary year of success for the School of Biosciences. They follow our exceptional performance in the National Student Survey, which also placed the School in the top 10 for overall student satisfaction for all three of our degree programmes. These external measures of academic excellence confirm the School as a leading centre of discovery within the biological sciences in the UK.