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Research Excellence Framework

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were published in December 2014, with a new Research Excellence Framework due in 2021. The University achieved great results in the REF2014, with more than a third of our research being rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Why is REF significant?

Liverpool Hope places a strong emphasis on research-informed teaching. The research done by our academics informs the teaching that our students receive, ensuring that our courses are innovative, current and stimulating.

The four UK higher education funding bodies also allocate about £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research. REF results give an indication of the research culture at an institution and the impact that research has on society.

REF2014 results

In the REF2014, Liverpool Hope University:

  • Was ranked 4th in the North West for Research Intensity (Times Higher Education 2014)
  • Was 3 times more improved in research quality since 2008
  • Had more than a third of research rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)
  • Had 55% of permanent academic staff submit work in 12 units of assessment
  • Had 44% of its research outputs ranked as world leading or internationally excellent

Departmental results

DepartmentResult
Creative and Performing Arts (Formerly Drama, Dance and Performance Studies, and Music)

Drama, Dance and Performance Studies: 67% of the research of this Department is at least at an internationally recognised level. 80% of their Impact is rated as internationally recognised.

Music: Ranked 2nd in the North West after the University of Manchester, 99% of the research activity of this Unit is world-leading or of international quality. 100% of the Impact of this Unit's research was rated as at least internationally excellent.

Education 87% of the Unit's research activity was internationally excellent or internationally recognised with 15% at world leading level. 40% of the Impact of this Unit's research is world leading.
English 32.3% of research output quality rated as world-leading, this Unit is ranked 4th in the North West for Research Intensity.
Geography 75% of the research outputs of this Department are at least at an internationally recognised level.
Health Sciences This Unit is rated 2nd in the North West and 21st in the UK for their research intensity.
History and Politics

History: 86% of the Department's research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised. 50% of the Impact of the research activity of the Unit is at an internationally excellent level.

Politics and International Relations: 58% of the research of the Department is internationally recognised or internationally excellent with 70% of the Impact of their research graded as internationally recognised.

Mathematics and Computer Science With 100% of the Research Outputs of the Department at internationally excellent or internationally recognised level, the Department is ranked 5th in the North West for Research Intensity.
Psychology 86% of the Psychology Department's research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
Social Sciences (Formerly Social Work, Care and Justice, and Social Science)

Social Science: Ranked 12th in the UK for their research outputs at 3*/4* with 73.7% of the Unit's research outputs rated as internationally excellent or world leading.

Social Work, Care and Justice: Ranked 12th in the UK for their research outputs at 3*/4* with 73.7% of the Unit's research outputs rated as internationally excellent or world leading

Theology, Philosophy and Religion 100% of this Unit's Impact is at internationally recognised level. 79.7% of this Unit's research outputs were rated as at least internationally recognised with 9% of the research activity world-leading.

Useful links

Research Excellence Framework 2014 Presentation

REF website

FAQs

Contact us

Professor Atulya Nagar
Chair REFSG and Designated REF main contact for Liverpool Hope University

E: nagara@hope.ac.uk 
T: 0151 291 3930