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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Find out about the research behind our REF 2021 submission, where 92% of our research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our REF 2021 results


See our announcement on world-leading and internationally excellent research recognised at the University of Bath.

Find out more about how we were assessed by the expert panels in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 led by Research England.

REF 2021 results

Engineering & Design

From aircraft wings to concrete bridges, our research is having global impact.


Professor Semali Perera with her innovative technology: adsorbent hollow fibres

Read the stories behind our REF submission on how we are contributing to human health and wellbeing, sustainability, and digitalisation.

Humanities & Social Sciences

Our research has changed lives and informed policy and practice.


A Bangladesh refugee camp

Read the stories behind our REF submission on how we are contributing to psychology, economics, politics, social work and social policy, education, and sport.

Management

We are leading in business and management research, influencing change and making a positive difference.


A couple of doctors at work in a clinical setting

Read the stories behind our REF submission on how we are contributing to economic recovery and financial markets, protecting from cyberattacks, improving healthcare, creating social enterprise and innovation, and supporting supply chains.

Science

Our research is improving lives and changing the world we live in.


A University photo from the CAMERA studio of a member of staff with headset equipment.

Read the stories behind our REF submission on how we are contributing to drug discovery, healthcare delivery and lifelong health, biological sciences, chemistry and sustainable chemical technologies, computer science and informatics including AI and human-centred design, mathematical sciences, and physics.

REF 2021

The REF is the UK’s system for assessing higher education research


The logo for REF 2021

92% of our research was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

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Our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research on the latest REF 2021 results


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