We score well in REF media coverage

The REF2014 results are widely covered in the academic and mainstream media.

Reports portray the data in a number of different ways including rankings by impact, by the quality of output, by subject area or by institution, including power market share.

In the Times Higher Education (THE) the University is ranked equal 14th in the overall rankings of institutions – a rise in their table of six places from 20th in the RAE 2008.

Our own calculations rank us one place higher at 13th as we have excluded specialist institutions whilst THE included the Institute of Cancer Research as its highest placed institute.

The THE also ranks institutions by the quality of their outputs and in this table we are ranked equal 10th.

Further details are available on the THE webpages.

We are also mentioned on the Higher Education website, Wonkhe, which has taken a different approach to the findings and created rankings in terms of research ‘value for money’. Using the total receipts from public research grants from 2008 to 2013 for each HEI it has divided it by the FTE number of staff submitted into REF2014 (as a proxy for ‘spending per active researcher’ across the period) and cross-referenced this with the proportion of research from each institution rated 4* or 3*, as a measure of performance.

An article in The Guardian also highlights Chemistry at Bath as one of the top 10 UK departments across all disciplines for the proportion of research rated at the highest grades of 4* & 3* (world-leading & internationally excellent).

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