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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.

Examples of our research impact

Find out how our research is supporting future generations.

Researchers examine the Balehaus building materials

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.

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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.

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Lung patients benefit from new inhaler technology

New PowderHale® technology radically improves the delivery of potentially life-saving medication with dry inhalers.

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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
4* 3* 2* 1* U/c
Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy 54.2 51 40 8 1 0
Biological Sciences 24.5 23 62 14 0 1
Chemistry 33.1 25 73 2 0 0
Physics 23 25 66 9 0 0
Mathematical Sciences 44.4 26 62 10 2 0
Computer Science 24 11 71 17 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
Area Studies 26 23 45 23 8 1

RAE 2008

View the results of the RAE 2008.