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Research Performance

UEA is 10th in the UK for the quality of its research outputs and 21st overall amongst all mainstream British institutions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The results show that 82 per cent of UEA research is classified as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming UEA’s position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

The University was one of REF2014’s biggest climbers, with a 12-place rise since the last research assessment in 2008 and dramatic improvements across the arts, sciences, health and social sciences.

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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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.

Research stats

10th

in the UK for the quality of research outputs

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK 2014

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RESEARCH IMPACT IN UK

LEIDEN RANKINGS 2015

63rd

in the World for research citations

Times Higher world university rankings 2016-17

21ST

amongst all mainstream british institutions

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK 2014

82%

OF RESEARCH IS WORLD-LEADING OR INTERNATIONALLY EXCELLENT

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK 2014