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
Read more about Edinburgh Napier's successes in the Research Excellence Framework.

Impact case studies

Find out how our researchers are tackling big issues and making real contributions in dozens of fields.