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DEV awarded for world leading research

The School of International Development has come 4th out of 25 Development Studies and Anthropology Departments in the UK for its research quality, according to a major Government analysis released today.

36% of research by the School was scored as 4* (world leading) - the highest quality – with 38% assessed as 3* (internationally excellent) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). A number of aspects of Research in the School were assessed with strong performance across the board. 75% of DEV’s Research Environment has been deemed ‘World-leading’, and on outputs, the School was ranked fourth in the group of 25.

In 2008 the school was placed 3rd out of 10 Development Studies departments. In the 2014 assessment it has been placed 4th out of 25 Development Studies and Anthropology Departments. This represents a marked improvement in ranking.

Dr John McDonagh, Head of the School of International Development, said: “All in the School are extremely pleased with this external validation of the quality of our research. In addition to the very high ranking of our research outputs we have scored extremely highly for our Research Environment: the facilities, support and research culture in the School that benefits academic staff, research students and taught students alike.”

The quality and impact of research carried out across all faculties at the University has improved dramatically over the last six years.

REF2014 ranks UEA 21st among mainstream British universities, or 28th out of 154 when specialist institutions are included. UEA is one of the biggest climbers with a rise of 12 places since the last assessment in 2008.

The results show that more than 82 per cent of UEA research is now classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ - compared with 50 per cent in 2008. This confirms UEA’s position as a premier research institution across the arts, sciences, health and social sciences, making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

REF is a periodic national exercise by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to assess the quality and impact of research at UK universities. The results are used to allocate around £2 billion of research funding to universities each year.

Research was submitted to REF2014 under 36 separate areas of study, or Units of Assessment, and eight UEA subjects have made the UK top 10.

This is the first time that the ‘impact’ of university research on economic growth, health and social well-being, and improved quality of life has been assessed alongside overall quality.

Further detail about REF2014, including a series of case studies showing the impact of UEA research, is available here: