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92 per cent of our research was scored as 4* (world leading) - the highest quality – or 3* (internationally excellent) in The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) for Allied Health and Nursing.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) also ranked the School of Health Sciences 6th out of 94 institutions for research outputs in Allied Health and Nursing (Times Higher Education). 

Professor Val Lattimer, Head of the School of Health Sciences, said “I am delighted to be able to share our excellent REF 2014 outcome for UEA and the School of Health Sciences. Our position is a testament to our dedicated and passionate staff and our innovative approach to research. At the School of Health Sciences, we pride ourselves in producing life-changing research, with leading academics and cutting-edge facilities supporting and advancing our work in this area. This REF performance clearly establishes our reputation as a leading the way in world-class research.”

Other highlights include:

  • Allied Health Professionals and Nursing was ranked 6th (out of 94 institutions) for research outputs (GPA)†
  • In the national league tables for our very large unit of assessment (Allied Health Professionals and Nursing) comprising 94 institutions we were ranked 25th overall
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Health continues to deliver world class research. On average, over 85 per cent of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ according to a major Government analysis released today.

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:

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Professionalism Conference

Maintaining professionalism
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Saturday 4 October 2014:   9.30 - 4.00

Julian Study Centre UEA

Professional paradigms in health and social care practice

The School of Health Sciences is hosting a one-day conference called ‘Maintaining professionalism in an economy-driven world’ at UEA on 4 October.

Come and join us to continue the big conversation on the nature of professionalism. How do you think it can positively influence person-centred care within current health and social care provision?

Hear our keynotes’ opinions on professionalism:

Julia Evetts – Professor of Sociology, The University of Nottingham

Margaret Berry OBE - NHS England East Anglia Area Team Director of Nursing & Quality

Karen Middleton CBE - Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Sally Judges - AHP Lead for Health Education East of England

Tom Shakespeare – Sociologist at the University of East Anglia

Dr Anna van der Gaag - Chair of HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)


By attending this conference you will be more confident in:

  • Recognising the nature of professionalism
  • Developing a culture of professional resilience for the current work environment
  • Demonstrating and advocating person centred care underpinned by professionalism


  • The standard delegate fee is £99 per person. This fee includes a delegate pack, refreshments and a buffet lunch.
  • If you are employed by an NHS Trust based in Norfolk and Suffolk please contact your Trust Training Manager as the delegate fee may be available for you to attend the Conference.
  • The student rate is £50

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