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Research Excellence Framework

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 65% of the research submitted by Sheffield Hallam received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent, moving the University up 25 places in the national research league tables.

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, and Sport research was ranked in the top ten of 33 modern institutions

Of all the research submitted by the University, 18% was rated as World-leading (achieving a 4* rating) and 47% was rated as internationally excellent (3*) by the REF. View our REF 2014 results (PDF).

REF submission

The REF 2014 preparations at Sheffield Hallam were led by the REF Implementation Group. The Research and Innovation Office was responsible for supporting the group by coordinating the planning and data collection processes.

The University developed an institutional code of practice for REF 2014. This assisted the University in embedding the principles of equalities and diversity legislation in our decision making process about the REF submission. As part of this process the University conducted an equality impact assessment on our REF submission.

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.

Units of assessment

We submitted to the following units of assessment for REF 2014

3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
5 Biological Sciences
13 Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials
16 Architecture, Built Environment and Town Planning
19 Business and Management Studies
25 Education
26 Sports and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
29 English Language and Literature
30 History
34 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
36 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

Further information on the UK results can be found at the REF website.

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