Kent Business School achieves REF success

Kent Business School at the University of Kent, has confirmed its position as a leading business school carrying out world-class research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Kent Business School was placed 25th in the UK for business and management studies on its ‘research intensity’, and was ranked 24th for its depth and breadth of research across the whole community of research active staff.

Kent Business School’s overall GPA weighted ranking positions the School at 32 in the UK for business and management studies.

Kent Business School has 67% of research regarded as “world leading” or “internationally excellent” with wide ranging impacts on society, the economy, culture, health and welfare, public policy and the environment.

Research Power

Kent Business School is ranked 32 in the UK on a measure of ‘research power’, which takes into account both the number of research-active staff and the quality of research submitted.

Combined with the School’s strong GPA for 3-star and 4-star research that is ranked 33 in the UK, Kent Business School is firmly placed in the second quartile of all business schools for its research.

Major impact

For the first time, REF measured the impact of research beyond academia in areas such as society, economy, culture and environment. 76% of research submitted by Kent Business School gained the top 3 or 4-star rating for its impact, deeming it either “outstanding” or “very considerable”.

Professor Martin Meyer, School Director, said: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our academics for their hard work towards securing a solid return for our School. The REF 2014 results reaffirm our reputation as a research-intensive business school that produces rigorous and applicable knowledge, develops employable graduates and informs the practice of management in public and private, local and global communities for a sustainable future”.

The University of Kent has also achieved impressive results, and is ranked among the top 20% of UK Higher Education Institutions for research power.

Results can also be found on the REF 2014 website.

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