At UEA we are very proud of the high quality of our research as demonstrated in the results of the most recent national evaluation of university research, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The results of this exercise confirmed our position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society. UEA was one of REF2014’s biggest climbers, with a 12 place rise since the previous assessment exercise undertaken in 2008.

In REF2014, over 82% of our research was rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”; our research outputs were 10th highest quality in the UK (THES analysis of the 184 submitting Universities); and we ranked in the top ten Universities in the UK for several subjects, including: social work and social policy (4th); international development (4th); area studies (5th); food science (8th); English language and literature (10th); environmental sciences (10th) and chemistry (10th). 

Achieving this level of success in national research assessment draws significant income to the University, and ensures that 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 the global research challenges. 

In 2019, five UEA scientists have also been named in the top 1% of the world’s most highly cited researchers. The annual Highly Cited Researchers List identifies influential researchers who have demonstrated significant global influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers in the last decade. Researchers were selected for their exceptional performance in one or more of 21 fields, with the 2019 analysis using papers that were published and cited between 2007 and 2017.

Overall UEA ranked 50th in the world for research citations in 2019 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings). This further demonstrates UEA’s world-leading research excellence particularly in the fields of climate science, biodiversity conservation and health. 

Statement on the Responsible Use of Metrics in Research Assessment

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The University of East Anglia is committed to the principles of fair, responsible and open use of metrics in the assessment of research activity and performance. We will put this commitment into practice by using metrics:

  • To support, and not replace, peer review and expert knowledge
  • Which take account of discipline variations
  • In a transparent manner and with a clear objective
  • Which are appropriate and robust, with the limitations clearly explained

As part of this commitment, UEA is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).