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Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Human Rights Centre Human Rights Centre


We have a vibrant, active research community which has a long tradition of generating impactful world class research.

The School is rated as one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK. We produce world leading and internationally excellent research in Human Rights, Governance, Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Common Law. Staff at the School have made valuable contributions to vital public policy discussions in Northern Ireland in areas such as the Bill of Rights, reform of criminal justice and policing, and devolution. Due to the devolved nature of government in Northern Ireland we offer unique opportunites for study and research.

head of research

Kieran McEvoy-Director of Research

Research Assessment Exercise Success

The Research Assessment Excercise which take place on a quinquennial basis evaluates the quality of research undertaked by UK higher education institutions. The results of the last RAE placed the school 7th in the UK, with a weighted average score of 2.80.
The results show that 60% of the School’s research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (3☆ and 4☆), with 95% rated at international quality and above (4☆, 3☆ and 2☆).

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) which is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It is due to be completed by the end of 2014.

You can find our more about the REF here


research showcase

Find out more about the worldclass research to come out of the School