EDA’s REF success

The University of Kent is judged to have world-leading research in all subjects submitted in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity*

Kent outperformed 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities and as an insituttion, we submitted 85% of our research staff for the REF, the 13th highest proportion of staff submitted overall. Furthermore, 97% of Kent’s research was judged to be of international quality, up from 87% in 2008. The percentage of Kent’s research deemed to be world-leading or internationally excellent is 73%, up from 55% in 2008. Kent’s score for research power increased by 59%, the third largest increase of the top 50 research-intensive universities. Kent has increased the number of its research-active staff by 40% since 2008.

We are extremely proud to report that the School of Engineering and Digital Arts was ranked 21st in the UK for research intensity, where 98% of the research submitted was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

*Research intensity takes into account the percentage of eligible academic staff employed to undertake research, as well as the research quality. It is considered the fairest form of assessment since it acknowledges the work done by the wider cohort of staff and not just by a select few