Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The results of REF 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.
32% of our submitted research activity has achieved the highest possible REF classification of 4*, defined as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 87% was graded 4*/3*, defined as world-leading/internationally excellent.
Our overall grade point average (GPA) is 3.17. Based on these results, we are placed 12th in the research quality ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions.
Read more about the REF assessment process and grading system.
Read more about researchers and projects featured in this video.
Examples of our research impact
Find out how our research is supporting future generations.
Bath researchers develop houses with zero carbon footprint
Bath's BaleHaus shows that building with straw is safe, secure and durable — and can have minimal environmental impact.
Our research is giving Olympic athletes a competitive edge
Research on technique and performance in sprinting and hurdling has helped athletes win medals, brought new insights to coaches and instigated changes to practices within athletics and skeleton.
Lung patients benefit from new inhaler technology
New PowderHale® technology radically improves the delivery of potentially life-saving medication with dry inhalers.
Industry collaboration brings low-carbon engines to mass markets
Alongside Ashwoods Automotive, University of Bath researchers have developed a mass-market ready low-carbon diesel hybrid engine.
REF 2014 results
You can find details of our submission and assessment on the REF 2014 website, including our outputs and case studies of our research's impact.
The results below show the percentage of research in each starred level ranging from the highest rating of 4* to Unclassified (0*).
|REF Unit of Assessment||Departments involved||FTE of Category A Staff submitted||Overall quality profile|
|Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy||54.2||51||40||8||1||0|
|Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical & Manufacturing Engineering||61||19||70||11||0||0|
|Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy & Materials||20.5||13||78||9||0||0|
|Architecture, Built Environment & Planning||28.4||50||40||8||2||0|
|Business & Management||64.9||41||43||12||3||1|
|Social Work & Social Policy||35.6||46||34||18||1||1|
|Sports & Exercise Sciences, Leisure & Tourism||22||47||43||10||0||0|
View the results of the RAE 2008.