Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 ranked Bristol among the UK’s top research universities.

Our research is shown to have top quality and major impact on society and the economy, according to this assessment of research at every UK university. REF2014 will decide how around £2 billion in research funding will be allocated each year from 2015-16.

Thirty-six per cent of the University’s research received the top 4* rating, defined by HEFCE as ‘world leading’. This is six per cent above the sector average and twice the level the University achieved in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, placing Bristol 10th in the Russell Group.

Geography at Bristol has consolidated its position at the top of the UK rankings. Other research areas in which the University has achieved particular distinction include: public health, health services and primary care; earth sciences; chemistry; mathematical sciences; and sport and exercise sciences.

The University has ten impact submissions ranked in the top five in the Russell Group. Four of these achieved 100 per cent world-leading 4* impact:

  • clinical medicine
  • public health, health services and primary care
  • economics and econometrics
  • sport and exercise sciences.

Eighteen of the University’s 31 submissions are in the Russell Group top ten by 4* impact including submissions from across all six faculties, underlining the range of the impact of the University’s research across a wide range of disciplines.


The University's REF 2014 results, showing the quality profiles for each of the 31 submissions.

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