• 88% of research rated world-leading or internationally excellent
  • 7th in UK for 工程 research power
  • 研究 impact increased across all submitted areas

The latest 研究 Excellence Framework (REF) results have rated 88% of 克兰菲尔德’s research as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The REF is a system for assessing the quality and impact of research in UK universities and helps inform an element of research funding that institutions receive. The 2021 results 裁判lect 克兰菲尔德’s global reputation for excellence in applied research that has a real-world impact.

“This strong set of results confirms that 克兰菲尔德 is a place where exciting research is shaping the future,” said Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of 新2备用登录网址, Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng. “We can be rightly proud of this assessment, and I want to thank all of our researchers and staff across the whole University who have worked so hard to contribute to the process.”

研究 powerhouse with success in impact

克兰菲尔德 submitted research to three Units of Assessment: Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science, 工程, and 业务 and Management. 在每个区域, the institution was assessed on the sub-categories of outputs, impact and research environment.

在农业, Food and Veterinary Science, 克兰菲尔德 saw increases in its Grade Point Average across all sub-categories of assessment and was ranked 7th in the UK for its research impact.

工程, which is a new Unit of Assessment in 2021, was ranked 7th in the UK for research power.

业务 and Management increased its ranking for research impact, ranked 7th in the UK out of 108 institutions.

An exciting future for 克兰菲尔德

里昂教授. 特里, Pro-Vice Chancellor for 研究 and Innovation, said: “The clear strength 克兰菲尔德 has in research impact 裁判lects the passion and dedication of our talented researchers, and the deeply embedded work we do with industry partners and governments.

“With a new research strategy launching later this summer, 克兰菲尔德 has an exciting future ahead as we build on our vision to be globally recognised as the UK's applied research powerhouse.”


关于REF 2021


The REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies: 研究 England, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for the Economy, 北爱尔兰(DfE).

The funding bodies aim to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base across the full academic spectrum within UK higher education. The results of the REF are used to inform the allocation of around £2billion of research funding per year. 157 UK universities took part in the most recent REF.