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Monday, 22 December 2014

Northumbria University's History Programme Leaps Forward in REF

The results of the Research Excellence Framework were published last week.  Northumbria University climbed up the rankings considerably.  The History programme, in particular, made substantial improvements.

Professor David Gleeson, who led programme's submission, offers up some of the highlights:

1. Our overall GPA was 2.88 out of 4 (3.07 on Outputs, 3.0 on Environment, and 2.23 on Impact), placing us 41st overall (/83), 38 places higher than RAE 2008.  That was the largest leap by any UoA in the University.

2. In terms of Research Power (GPAxFTE) we rank 35th.

3. 80% of our environment was ranked 3 or 4*, highlighting the strong research culture created by those submitted in REF2 and those who were not.

4. 31.4% of our outputs were 4* 'World Leading,' ranking us 21st. We had no outputs 4* in 2008.

5. 45.7% of outputs were 3* 'Internationally Excellent' making our combined total of 3 and 4* research 77.1%.

6. Our GPA for outputs (books, articles, chapters, etc) is 3.07, which ranks us 18th in terms of research quality obviously putting us in the 'Top 20.' We jumped 61 places in this category, from 2008.

7. We more than doubled our number of staff entered from 8.11 to 20.

Congratulations all around!

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