Our reputation

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Our achievements

World rankings

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. 

According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014:

  • We are 3rd in the UK for research power in media and communication 
  • 82% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research is ranked ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of impact.

The quality of our research and the funding it attracts means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. As a result, our students will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the forefront of their fields.