“We are immensely proud of this research unit's contributions to Research Impact, ranked joint first in the UK for world-leading 4* research and the pride of Ulster in this regard.
It demonstrates the value of the creative sector and its research to society, culture, and the economy.
This research unit achieved these results within an environment which was ranked 1st nationally for in the 4*/3* category leading to an overall profile of 73% world-leading and internationally excellent.
The research unit grew their inclusion of staff by almost 20%.
Their research impact result cements Ulster’s positioning as an impact intensive university with a GPA of 3.48 and 97% of the University’s research impact achieving the 4*/3* threshold.”
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.
“We’re delighted that our research impact, a particular focus for this cycle, has been judged to be joint first in the UK and highest in Northern Ireland (100% outstanding/4*) across two case studies, one on creative technologies and practices empowering musicians with, and without, disabilities, and one on the use of data to drive organisational change in the creative sector.
More broadly, it's been the unit's privilege to influence practice across the UK (via international-level arts institutions including the Barbican, National Theatre, and English National Opera, and via the UKRI Creative Clusters programme), Ireland (at national level in the conservatoire and arts sectors, and with the state broadcaster, RTÉ), Northern Ireland (Arts Council NI and Audiences NI) and the wider European and global spheres.”