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Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the internationally recognised system for assessing the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institutions.
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The latest REF results confirms the quality of ADMRC and Lab4Living research. The findings demonstrate the impact that our research is having on society, culture and the economy.

- 90% of our research is World leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*), ranking us 3rd of all modern UK universities

- 100% of our research impact was judged to be World leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), ranking us 5th of all UK Universities (86) on research impact

- 83.3% of our impact was judged to be World leading (4*) demonstrating the impact that our research is having on society, culture and the economy

- 100% of our research environment was once again judged to be World leading or internationally excellent

For REF 2021 we submitted a range of competitive research funding awards to the value of £7.9 million, up from £2.7 million in 2014. We submitted 31.25 fte, up from 24.46 fte in 2014.

 

REF 2014

 The 2014 Research Excellence Framework 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.

At the 2014 REF we submitted 24.46 fte staff and a range of competitive research funding awards to the value of £2.7 million.

Our impact case studies for UoA 32

2021 case studies

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, interventions 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: Bringing 20th century Scotland to the screen 

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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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Image from the 'Alone Together' project. Three women sit together on a bench

Art Design Media Research Archive

Our research archive showcases work from ADMRC and Lab4Living that contribute outputs to the Research Excellence Framework

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