“This is an outstanding performance with the highest GPA score within the institution and among the highest rankings nationally across all aspects of 4*/3* research.
We are immensely proud of the inclusive culture, where the subject grew the number of people submitted to REF2021 by 36%.
The research unit is a national leader in outstanding or very considerable research impact and a world-leading or internationally excellent research environment.”
How we did
An outstanding 92% of our research has been judged as world-leading or internationally excellent resulting in a top 8 in the UK for 3 and 4 star overall research activity
100% of our impact case studies have been judged as having outstanding or very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance.
100% of our research environment has been judged as being conducive to producing research of world-leading and internationally excellent quality and enabling outstanding impact, in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
“Our internationally excellent and world leading impact case studies at both the regional and international level
(i) directly contributed to reproductive rights policy and legislative reform and to the development of abortion services in Northern Ireland; (ii) directly led to changes to redress legislation in Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry; and
(iii) produced ground-breaking data sets on the networks, institutional structures, commercial transaction chains, and human rights abuses used to organise/conceal grand corruption. Our research-led impact directly prepares students for the world they will graduate into.
We have developed an inclusive approach to research and a culture that prioritises academic development and academic excellence. We are a research unit that prides ourselves on our research-led teaching. The recent REF exercise judged 92% of our research to be internationally excellent or world-leading, eighth in the UK. Being educated in our School means being educated by the top researchers in the field.”