UCL has been rated as the top university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014 published today, by a measure of average research score multiplied by staff numbers submitted.
UCL researchers received a ‘grade point average’ of 3.22 (out of 4) and submitted over 2,500 staff to be assessed in REF2014, giving UCL an overall research power greater than both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. The BBC concurred, Stating that: “London universities are breaking up the traditional dominance of Oxford and Cambridge,”
Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering said:
“On a day when lots of institutions are spinning their results, we feel that our results speak for themselves. I’m intensely proud of all of the hard work that our departments have put in to deliver such strong results in the REF 2014. This cements our position as one of the leading Engineering Schools in Europe. “
Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, said:
“The REF2014 is hugely significant, more so than any league table or university ranking, because it determines the funding that every UK higher education institution will receive in the coming years. These results will allow us to invest further in excellent research, and to further build the mutually beneficial relationship between our research and student education.”
“We pride ourselves on our strength as a multidisciplinary university so it is noteworthy that we have achieved excellent results across such a wide spectrum. Our traditional strength in biomedicine is reflected in UCL having the largest share of 4* research assessed by that panel, but we have also performed strongly in disciplines as varied as computer science, built environment, economics and education.”