Panel Chairs feedback on REF 2014

Posted on Wednesday 4th February 2015
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Following the release of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results in December 2014, the University has now received feedback from the Panel Chairs on their submission.

REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in the UK, judging every higher education institution.

As previously announced, six of the seven subjects submitted by the University of Bolton demonstrated world-leading research whilst the seventh was deemed to be of internationally excellent standard.

General Engineering was particularly distinguished, with over 70% of its work judged to be world-class or internationally excellent. The submission from the department was recognised as having high levels of application whilst retaining research quality.

The research on renewable energy was deemed to be very significant, with the case study on preventive measures and enhanced health, hygiene and quality of life of the wider community judged to demonstrate very considerable impact. The sub-panel also believed that the innovative contributions to bandage design and wound dressing were notable.

The impact of the English Language and Literature department was praised, with case studies demonstrating elements of outstanding and very considerable reach and significance and with strong evidence of impact in engaging with the local community.

In Education the sub-panel found the research environment to be producing research of internationally recognised quality with the Institute of Educational Cybernetics a particular strength. Engaging with the local community was one of the areas that contributed to this; similarly with the Social Work and Social Policy department with Worktown and its various associated activities.

There was also recognition that the framework of the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience department could continue to provide a basis for well-focussed plans and strategies, such as their work on UK PPI, judged to be very considerable in terms of reach and significance.

Architecture, Built Environment and Planning was praised for integration and how it had proactively engaged with local businesses and international networks as was Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management.