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Research Excellence Framework 2014

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results were published in December 2014.

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. 

Departmental Results

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. 

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

Geography


75% of the research outputs of this Department are at least at an internationally recognised level.
 

Health Science


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.

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.
 
Psychology
86% of the Psychology Department's research activity is internationally excellent or internationally recognised.
 
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.
 


Impact Case Studies

New under REF 2014, was the requirement to submit Impact Case Studies reflecting the impact that our research activities have had outside of the academic environment.  Please find below a series of short videos where our Unit of Assessment Co-ordinators discuss our submitted case studies

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Theology and Religious Studies

History

English Language and Literature

Drama, Dance and Performing Arts

Music

Politics and International Studies

Social Work and Social Policy

Faculty of Education

Education

Faculty of Science

Computer Science and Informatics

Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

Sports and Exercise Science, Leisure and Tourism

Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience