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.
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 RAE is due to be succeeded by the Research Excellence Framework which is currently timetabled for 2014 and will assess research that has taken place between 2008–2013.
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