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Brunel 'biggest winner' for research intensity, according to Times

Brunel University London has been recognised as one of the biggest winners in its ‘intensity’ ranking in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the results of which were announced this week.

According to the Times Higher Education, Brunel has achieved great success when the university’s quality scores are weighted by the high number of staff submitted for assessment.

Brunel made the 30th largest submission in the sector, and the 5th largest among London universities. In 2008, the submission to the then Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was 8% smaller, indicating that the volume of quality research has increased.

The REF, which assesses the quality of research at universities across the country, placed 61% of Brunel's submitted work in the categories of world-leading and internationally excellent, compared to just 43% the RAE.

The results lift Brunel to 33rd among the UK's Higher Education Institutes (HEI) for its research power – an overall ranking that combines the university's average research quality rating by number of submissions. The ranking placed Brunel 37th in 2008.

The Times Higher Education article can be seen here.