Teaching and research excellence

The University of Edinburgh is committed to maintaining and enhancing its high quality of learning and teaching.

This commitment is directly supported by activities and processes carried out in schools to assure and enhance academic quality and maintain standards.

Research Assessment Exercise 2014 results

Agricultural and veterinary research at the University of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been ranked as most powerful in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Three quarters of the research and related activity submitted was judged to be in the highest categories - 4* or 3* - which are classified as “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. Building on a long history of collaboration and complementary activities, the University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies - which includes The Roslin Institute - and SRUC made a joint submission to the REF.

The impact of the research scored particularly highly. This demonstrates how the research is bringing practical benefits for society - for example in animal health and welfare, agricultural productivity and environmental protection.

More than 76% of the impacts described in the joint submission were judged to be “outstanding” and over 83% either “outstanding” or “very considerable”.

The REF process is an assessment of the quality of the research being undertaken at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the impact it has in society. The REF panel considered case studies that demonstrated how research is having an impact on the UK and worldwide economies.

Research ‘power’ is an overarching measure of research quality and volume which ultimately influences the allocation of funding by the UK’s Higher Education Funding Councils.

The collective strength and depth of agricultural and veterinary research at the University and SRUC is reflected in its top research power ranking.

University quality assurance framework

School quality processes take place in the context of the University's overall quality assurance framework, which can be found on the Quality Unit website.


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