Overall Star Ratings Explained

  • 4 Star 

    Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour

  • 3 Star 

    Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.

  • 2 Star 

    Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

  • 1 Star 

    Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

  • Unclassified

    Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.