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Research Excellence Framework 2014

Liverpool Hope is extremely proud of its research achievements and the most recent research assessment (REF) by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) highlights our successes:

  • Liverpool Hope was ranked 4th for overall research intensity in the North-West.
  • More than one-third of the research activity at Hope is rated as at least internationally excellent.
  • Internationally excellent research in all twelve of our Units of Assessment across many of our subject areas.
  • Three-fold improvement of research quality since the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and after achieving Research Degree Awarding Powers in 2009.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities entered 90 (72%) academic staff into the research assessment exercise, with staff from all departments in the Faculty included in the REF.

School of Creative & Performing Arts

Music ranked 2nd in the North-West after 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.

67% of the research in Drama, Dance and Performing Arts is at least at internationally recognised level. 80% of their impact is rated internationally recognised.

Department of English

Language and Literature: 32.3% of research output quality rated as world-leading, this Unit is ranked 4th in the North-West for Research Intensity.

Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

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.

Department of History and Politics

Politics and International Studies: 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.

History (including Art History): 86% of the Department’s research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised. 50% of the Impact of the research activity of this unit is at internationally excellent level.

School of Social Sciences

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.