Research Excellence Framework results a “Triumph for the IoE.”


Professor Andy Goodwyn, Head of the Institute of Education, has described today’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) results as: “A real triumph for the IoE that everyone can be intensely proud of.”

REF is a quality measure of universities’ research, and these 2014 results reveal very high ratings for the Education submission, to the delight of the Institute.

Professor Goodwyn continues; “I wish to thank Professor Suzanne Graham for her superb leadership of our research.”

Suzanne Graham, Professor of Language and Education at the Institute of Education, here highlights the outstanding features of the results for the Institute:

  • Our national ranking was 18th (compared with 34th in 2008), which places us in the top quartile of Education submissions nationally.
  • Our overall Grade Point Average  was 3.04.
  • Over 80%  of our  submitted research publications were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent,  placing us 9th  for research outputs in the national rankings.
  • We also scored highly in Impact, with 53% of submitted work assessed as 4* (world-leading).  For Environment, 76% of our submission was judged to be at 3 or 4* level.

Professor Graham adds; “I hope everyone at the IoE is as pleased as I am – we have a great deal to be very proud of here. Best wishes and thank you to everyone – we have all contributed in some way to this outcome.”

Professor Steve Mithen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor  praises the excellence of the results and the hard work that has gone into them: “The REF results confirm that we have world-leading strengths across a very wide range of disciplines,”  he comments. “A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the REF process over the last few years for all your hard work and the support you have provided to one another. We are a research-led institution and we should all be proud of the depth and breadth of our outstanding research offering, which has an impact on policy, practice and everyday life in the UK and internationally.”

Read a summary of the University of Reading REF results here.

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