Institution sees 11% rise in research classed as “world leading / internationally excellent” since 2008
The results of the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework), the UK-wide exercise to assess the quality of higher education research, which were published today, 18th December 2014, underline The Glasgow School of Art’s position as a world-leader in Art and Design research.
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The Glasgow School of Art has the largest Art and Design research base in Scotland, (the 6th largest in the UK), and assessment of its work saw much of it placed in the top categories.
The overall research environment, one of the three criteria against which the work is judged, was classed as being world-leading / internationally excellent, with 70% of the GSA’s work awarded the highest mark (4*). Meanwhile 61% of the work submitted for the impact assessment was also classed as world-leading/internationally excellent.
“We are delighted to see the calibre of the research undertaken at the GSA gaining validation from this detailed independent assessment,” says Professor Ken Neil, Head of Research at The Glasgow School of Art. “This success in the 2014 REF offers a strong platform on which to build as the GSA moves forward with plans to strengthen its research quality and grow its graduate research base.”
Scotland as whole has seen a 29.3% rise in the number of submissions classed as “world-leading” since the last assessment in 2008, and the REF has also classed 47.6 per cent of research at universities in Scotland as "internationally excellent" compared to just 37 per cent six years ago.
Commenting on the results in Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, said:
“Our universities have a strong track record of attracting funding from around the world and the Scottish Government will continue to support them to develop new ways of thinking that will further strengthen our economy and improve the lives of people in Scotland and around the world."
The UK REF2014 results are now published and publicly available at http://results.ref.ac.uk/
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