From agriculture to art, clinical medicine to mathematics, and earth sciences to education, last year’s research excellence framework underlined our position yet again as a research-rich university
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), a substantial proportion of Plymouth University’s research was graded as world-leading or of international quality, with more than 63 per cent of our research graded at three or four-stars.
The University’s highest-rated submission was for Earth systems and environmental sciences, which includes marine science, environmental chemistry and geology, with 85 per cent of its research graded as worldleading or of international quality.
The University returned four-star rated, world-leading research in all 18 categories that were submitted and was ranked number one for research output in clinical medicine, which measures the quality of research publication and the number of citations.
Over the coming pages you will find just a few examples of the many significant research projects that have been carried out at Plymouth University over the past 12 months.
In order to further build on our areas of world-leading research and to provide an institutional focus for cross-disciplinary research excellence, this year has seen the formation of three new institutes: the Sustainable Earth Institute; the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER); and the Creative Arts and Humanities Institute.
The University also continues to push forward the boundaries in pedagogic research in higher education through PedRIO.