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University of Westminster comments on a ‘very positive outcome’ of the Research Excellence Framework 2014

17 December 2014

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“The University of Westminster is very pleased by the very positive outcomes of the REF2014 which confirm the internationally excellent quality, reach and significance of our scholarship and impact and which build on our historic heritage of excellence in research, practice and innovation."

“Our broadly based submission in 13 Units of Assessment ranging from health to art and design reflects the depth of our portfolio of research areas and today’s results confirm the excellent depth and quality of that research at the University of Westminster. REF2014 builds on our strong performance in RAE2008 with an increase in the level of quality research, with 90% being assessed as internationally recognised, internationally excellent and world leading, and equivalent numbers of staff submitted.  

“The REF confirmed our world leading positions in Art and design and Media and communications and internationally excellent (3*) performances in English, Architecture and built environment and Allied health; all 5 units having more than 65% of research activity assessed as 4* and 3*.

“Additionally, Psychology and neuroscience, Politics, Area studies, and Law were acknowledged for their excellence, with the majority of their research being of 3* or above.

“Among the highlights of ‘impact’ recognised by the REF results were world-leading and internationally excellent research in Art and design, Media and communications, Allied health; and Psychology and neuroscience with 100% 4* and 3*.  Our important contributions to impact included: understanding depression which contributed to national clinical guidelines; internet fraud and subsequent public awareness of online dating scams; a BAFTA winning film which explored the impact of genocide in Indonesia and studies into the management of motion sickness. 

“As we look ahead beyond REF2014 and towards REF2020, the University of Westminster has a distinctive place aligning research and practice at its core and as an independent, commercially aware institution with impact at the heart of its DNA.  Among current research being undertaken by the University is pioneering work into the Ebola virus and management of the disease; the development of biodegradable coronary stents; a national cancer lifestyle study to better understand breast cancer and a national study into the impact of the ageing population on working lives and health management.

“With 175 years’ of pioneering applied research, stemming from our foundation by the celebrated Victorian engineer Sir George Cayley in 1838, the University of Westminster’s research today is at the forefront of making sense of critical contemporary economic, societal and scientific issues. Through aligning research and practice, the University of Westminster’s researchers are enabling further understanding of current themes and debates as well as driving discoveries to improve the world we live in.”

View a summary of the results in table format (pdf) 


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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