Leeds University Business School (LUBS) has entered the top ten business and management research institutions in the UK, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
The Business School has been ranked ninth in the UK for the quality of its research following the national review process, achieving a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.18 (out of possible total score of 4). The School was ranked 9th in the UK according to ‘research power’ – a measure of the volume and the quality of the research.
Some 82% of research submitted by the Business School to the REF 2014 was judged by experts to be either “world leading” (4*) or “internationally excellent” (3*).
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) assesses the quality of research conducted at universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which was last carried out in 2008.
This time round, Leeds University Business School not only increased the number of academic staff submitted for assessment, but also improved its scores across the metrics of assessment used by the REF.
The School’s focus on providing a world-class setting for staff and students to carry out research was reflected in the overall GPA in the ‘environment’ category rising from 3.10 in 2008 to 3.75 in 2014.
The Business School also scored highly in the ‘impact’ category – which assesses the relevance and impact of the research on the wider world – achieving a score of GPA of 3.55 in 2014.
Professor Peter Moizer, Dean of Leeds University Business School, said: “The REF 2014 results confirm that research at Leeds University Business School is world-class. I’m delighted that we have entered the UK’s top ten institutions for research in business and management and that Leeds is the best business school north of Oxford and Cambridge.
“The fact that the percentage of our research judged to be of ‘world-leading’ quality has increased from 20% in 2008 to 38% in 2014 reflects the sustained commitment and excellence of our staff.
“I’m particularly pleased that the quality of LUBS’ research environment has been recognised, reflecting our commitment to providing a setting in which research can thrive, and that the research is having an impact outside the University, and is of real relevance to business and policy makers.”
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REF results for the University of Leeds