The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions and is conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL).
Major recognition for Queen's
Over 75% of research activity at Queen’s was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading.
In food security, education, pharmacy, health, modern languages, astrophysics, engineering, cyber security, english and history, Queen’s research impacts right across society.
Recognising quality research
14 of the individual areas of research assessed were ranked in the top 20 in the UK, with six of these in the top ten and two in the top five.
Our performance has underlined the breadth and depth of research excellence at Queen’s, with 95% of academic staff returned - the fifth largest percentage of staff returned across universities.
Outstanding research achievement
Our researchers are helping to solve pressing global problems and they are bringing knowledge and understanding to the issues of society.
Over 75% of research activity at Queen’s was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading.
Progress through collaboration
Throughout the University, our leading research academics are collaborating across disciplines and with outside agencies and institutions on projects of world significance.
Our Global Institutes will open up exciting new research horizons and opportunities to make new progress in areas of global challenge.
UK Top 10 for Research Intensity
2014 intensity weighted GPA rank order
Number of UoAs entered
Percentage of eligible staff submitted
|1||Institute of Cancer Research||2||95||3.25|
|2||University of Cambridge||32||95||3.17|
|3||Imperial College London||14||92||3.09|
|4||University College London||36||91||2.94|
|=5||University of Bristol||31||91||2.90|
|=5||University of Oxford||31||87||2.90|
|7||London School of Economics and Political Science||14||85||2.84|
|=8||Queen’s University Belfast||28||95||2.83|
|=8||University of Southampton||26||90||2.83|
|10||University of the Highlands and Islands||6||100||2.76|