Our research ranking

Fifty-four percent of research we submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Published every six years, the Framework assesses research in every UK higher education institution. The assessment is based on three aspects: the Research Environment, Research Impact and Research Outputs with an Overall score which can be 4* - world leading, 3* internationally excellent, 2* internationally recognised and 1* nationally recognised.

The 2014 Framework also found that based on the Grade Point Average (GPA):

Across the UK modern universities:

  • We were rated the top UK modern university for Impact in:
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
  • We were ranked in the top 25% UK modern universities for our Overall research in:
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, and Library and Information Management
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • English language and Literature

Within the Scottish modern universities:

  • Our Research Overall was ranked top in:
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, and Library and Information Management
    • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Our Research Environment was top in:
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, and Library and Information Management
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials
  • Our Research Impact was top in:
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials English language and Literature
  • Our Research Outputs were top in:
    • Architecture and the Built Environment
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, and Library and Information Management
  • We were the only Scottish modern university submitting research in:
    • Civil and Construction Engineering
    • English language and Literature

Impact case studies

See just a few of the ways that our researchers have made an impact on the economy, industry and society.