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REF results

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 65% of the research submitted by Sheffield Hallam was rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

The results moved the University up 25 places in the national research league tables.

Sheffield Hallam's quality profile


Quality level

4*

3*

2*

1*

Percentage of research submitted

18

47

29

5

What the quality levels mean

REF assigns a quality level to each piece of research submitted based on the originality, significance and rigour of the work.

  • 4*: World-leading
  • 3*: Internationally excellent
  • 2*: Recognised internationally
  • 1*: Recognised nationally

For more detail, visit the REF website's assessment criteria and level definition page.


Results by unit of assessment

We have developed a number of areas of research excellence that are truly world leading, and we have a good track record of working with organisations to apply the outputs of that research. To support this activity, we made submissions to 11 strategic priority units of assessment for REF 2014.

Unit of assessment

Percentage of research at 3* and 4* level

Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy

71

Biological Sciences

46

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials

56

Architecture, Built Environment and Town Planning

81

Business and Management Studies

43

Education

69

Sports and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

67

English Language and Literature

52

History

67

Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory

81

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

65

Sheffield Hallam performed particularly well in several areas.

  • Art and Design research was ranked second among 45 modern universities and in the top ten of all UK universities
  • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning research was ranked first among 23 modern universities, and eleventh of all UK universities
  • Education research was ranked third among 39 modern universities
  • Sport research was ranked in the top ten of 33 modern institutions

Download the REF results table


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