Recognised globally for world-leading Research Recognised globally for world-leading Research

The quality and impact of our research is confirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which ranked UEA 21st among mainstream British universities, or 28th out of 154 when specialist institutions are included.

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.

Social Work is one of UEA’s highest-achieving individual subjects, with almost half of its research ranked world-leading and an overall position of 4th in the UK.

Also ranked 4th in the country is International Development, with American Studies and Languages collectively ranked in 5th place.

UEA’s Food Science research also fared well at 8th place. And a further three subject areas each achieved 10th place in their Units of Assessment – English, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences.

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Excellence in research

The international significance of UEA's research is also confirmed by the Times Higher Education world rankings for 2014-15 which placed UEA in the UK top 15 and in the world top 80 for research impact through citations of our research.

The University of East Anglia is in the UK top 20 universities for the impact of its research, ranked 3rd in the UK, (22nd in the world) for Life Sciences and 5th in the UK, (57th in the world) for Social Sciences by the 2014 Leiden ranking of universities.

Highly cited

In addition, Norwich is fourth in the UK for the number of most highly cited scientists after London, Cambridge and Oxford, indicating the outstanding international reputation of researchers across the Norwich Research Park.

Achieving excellence in our research ensures UEA can maintain a thriving and diverse research environment, to which we attract world-leading academics.

We have made significant investment in research infrastructure, supporting our academics in securing the vital funding needed to continue to address significant research questions.

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