Roehampton is most research intensive modern university in UK

The University of Roehampton is the most research-intensive modern university in the UK, according to new evidence from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which has just released its much-anticipated review of universities’ research performance.

Posted: 18 December 2014

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Research staff at work at the University of Roehampton. The University is the most research intensive modern university in the UK, according to new statistics from the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Roehampton submitted work by more than two thirds of its academic staff, in 13 subject areas, to Hefce's Research Excellence Framework programme. This is the highest proportion of any modern university. Overall, 66 per cent Roehampton's research was judged either world leading or internationally excellent.

Roehampton's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul O’Prey, said: "These hugely pleasing results prove we have a very strong research culture across the whole University. With two-thirds of our academic staff submitted, and two-thirds of our research rated world-class, Roehampton is now the most research-intensive of any modern university in the country."

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lynn Dobbs, who led the Roehampton’s REF submission, added: "The University as a whole, and our outstanding academic staff especially, can be proud of these results which are exceptionally strong. Many subjects have shown a significant improvement since the last assessment in 2008, meaning we continue to go from strength to strength in consolidating an international reputation for very high quality research and teaching.

"This underlines our status as the best modern university in London, as demonstrated by the Sunday Times Good University Guide rankings in October. They are a great indicator of our high standards for prospective students: great research always leads to great teaching."

Key achievements for Roehampton indicated in the Research Excellence Framework:

  • 66 per cent of Roehampton’s research is rated 4* and 3* (‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’); this is up from 34 per cent in in the 2008 assessment.
  • 67 per cent of academics submitted
  • The University’s Grade Point Average (GPA) for 2014 is 2.83, up from 2.2 in 2008
  • Dance is again the University’s top-performing subject, with 94 per cent of research rated 4* and 3*
  • A high proportion of research in every department of the University is now world-class
  • A 12-point rise in the Times Higher Education magazine’s research league tables.

The Research Excellence Framework is a year-long national audit of research quality in more than 150 higher education institutions, which is used to determine how Government research funding is allocated by Hefce.

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