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REF 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) is the most recent peer-review assessment of the quality of research undertaken in UK Higher Education Institutions (HIEs).  The exercise will be used as the basis for the distribution of the UK higher education funding bodies’ quality research (QR) funding from the 2015-16 academic year onwards.

As part of the overall REF compliance process for the University of Edinburgh, the School of Social and Political Science (SSPS) made a detailed submission in November 2013.  This identified the nature of the School's research outputs, the wider societal and economic impacts stemming from these, and the form of its academic research environment, as each of these relate to a number of defined Units of Assessment (UoA).

The results of REF2014 were made public on 18 December 2014.  Results for the SSPS submissions covering four Units of Assessment are as follows:

Unit of Assessment 21- Politics and International Studies:-

Overall rating

  • 4*           38%
  • 3*           35%
  • 2*           23%
  • 1*           4%

Ranked as 7 in UK* and 1 in Scotland.

Unit of Assessment 22- Social Work and Social Policy:-

Overall rating

  • 4*           40%
  • 3*           41%
  • 2*           17%
  • 1*           2%

Ranked as 3 in UK* and 1 in Scotland.

Unit of Assessment 23- Sociology:-

Overall rating

  • 4*           34%
  • 3*           49%
  • 2*           16%
  • 1*           1%

Ranked as 1 in UK* and 1 in Scotland.

Unit of Assessment 24- Anthropology and Development Studies:-

Overall rating

  • 4*           33%
  • 3*           37%
  • 2*           29%
  • 1*           1%

Ranked as 4 in UK* and 1 in Scotland.

Further, detailed, analysis of SSPS REF 2014 results will be given here, when this becomes available.

*Measured using the QI Power Index (alternatively known as Research Fortnight Power Index).

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