How we did
An impressive 73% of our research has been judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.
This REF has confirmed Ulster as one of the leading UK institutions for research and impact across this unit’s broad subject remit of creative, performing, and practice-based arts (music, drama, and film and screen studies, with the addition of heritage and museum studies).
Continuing our trajectory from REF 2014, our improved GPA has seen us consolidate our position alongside, and in many cases ahead of, prominent departments at research-intensive universities and conservatoires, with 41% of our research rated as 4*/‘world-leading’.
100% of our research was judged to have an outstanding impact (4*) with our unit being placed joint first in the UK and first in Northern Ireland for impact.
100% of our research environment has been judged as being conducive to producing research of world-leading or internationally excellent quality and enabling outstanding impact, in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
In addition, for the first time, a significant proportion of our research environment is now being rated as world-leading (35%), with all of our research environment now rated at 100% 3*/‘internationally excellent’ or above.