“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.”