School of GeoSciences

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The School of GeoSciences has been identified by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessment as having the greatest concentration of ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ researchers in the UK.

Top of the class, again

The School’s submission to Unit of Assessment B7 - spanning the range of geography, earth systems and environmental sciences - reflects the exceptional breadth and strength of the School.

Key measures of success include:

  • We are ranked top in the UK for ‘research power’ for the second time in a row (last time being RAE2008), with the equivalent of 82 full-time researchers at the ‘globally leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ standard.
  • 78% of our activity is recognised as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, with 100% of our research environment in these categories.
  • 32% of our research Impact (where research can be demonstrated to have led to a significant impact beyond academia, for example in policy, wealth creation, quality of life) is graded as ‘globally leading’ with a further 50% ‘internationally excellent’.
  • 95% of academic staff in the School were submitted, with 22% of these being early career researchers. Therefore, these results reflect the endeavours of the whole School, our success in building and leading major collaborations with partners and sponsors, and our commitment to investing for the future.

Current Research

Find out more about the world leading research carried out by staff in the School of GeoSciences.

Current Research