Research impact: Housing Tenure reform in Wales

A case study submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 2014 demonstrating the impact of the University's research.

Building on prior work for the Law Commission, Professor Helen Carr’s research provided the inspiration for major reforms in Welsh housing tenure. Working in collaboration with Professor Dave Cowan (University of Bristol) and Professor Caroline Hunter (University of York), the research provided evidence, inspiration and a legal framework for the new Housing Bill now in place.

Proposals included simplification, uniformity across tenures, and avoiding the diverse layers of housing tenure. It is thought the legislation could affect the lives of approximately half a million tenants and landlords.


The Research Excellence Framework 2014 showed that Kent ranks 17th in the UK for research intensity, has world-leading research in all subjects and that 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality.

Contributing to the University’s REF success were the number of our world class publications, the number of research active staff and the demonstrable impact our research has made to the sciences and to economic, social and cultural understanding.