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Research Excellence Framework

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the internationally recognised system for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions.

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) confirmed ADMRC as one of the leading UK art, design and media research centres, ranked second among 45 modern universities and in the top ten of all UK universities. Eighty-one percent of the research was adjudicated to be 'world-leading' (4*) and 'internationally excellent' (3*). Of this, 50% was rated world leading.

The centre’s impact case studies and impact strategy was judged to be 4* and 3* quality, with 73.3% considered world leading (4*).

The physical environment, support of academics, research assistants and students were all adjudicated as 4* and 3*. These outstanding results were the outcome of over 20 years of development within the centre.

REF 2021

While we do not yet know the outcome of our 2021 REF submission, there are several metrics to note, comparative to our 2014 REF submission.

In 2014 we submitted 24.46 fte. In 2021 we increased this to 31.25 fte, providing 78 outputs. At the 2014 REF we submitted a range of competitive research funding awards to the value of £2.7 million. For REF 2021 our funding income has risen to £7.9 million.

Our impact case studies for UoA 32

2021 case studies

Associated projects

A hybrid chair and weighing scale. An ordinary wooden chair with leather padding. There is a dial embedded in the seat pad to show the weight of the user.

Design

Enhancing dignity and quality of life for individuals with long-term conditions through products and policy, Lab4Living

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A flat, palm-sized piece of rock seen from the side. The rock is grainy with shiny flecks. It is lit from above by a bright spotlight.

Fine art

Enabling dialogue on the risks of uranium mining and the need for improved democratic processes in Greenland

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A still from the From Scotland with Love film. A group of schoolchildren run across a playground

Media

From Scotland with Love

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2014 case studies

Improving Maps

Design

TacMaps: Improving maps for the visually impaired 

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War and Medicine

Fine art

War and Medicine

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Dangerous Loverboy Listing

Media

My Dangerous Loverboy

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