The results of REF 2014 lift Brunel to 33rd among the UK’s universities for research power – a ranking that combines the university’s average research quality rating by number of submissions – up from 37th in 2008.

Brunel's submission involved 18 months of intensive work involving a dedicated team of six people and the work of over 600 researchers across the University. Our REF scores confirm Brunel University London is firmly within the top quarter of research universities in the UK. 

“These results are just reward for the huge efforts academic staff have made in submitting their research for assessment and I thank everyone who has been involved in this long process.

Vice-Chancellor Julia Buckingham

“It is particularly rewarding that the significant impact of Brunel’s research has been recognised for the first time. This achievement demonstrates the importance of research that has a demonstrable public benefit – and we’ve shown we’re extremely good at it.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Geoff Rodgers

Results: Key Information

Our overall results profile

This table shows the ‘Overall quality’ of the submission and is composed from 3 differently weighted assessment criteria Outputs (65%), Impact (20%), Environment (15%). Each profile shows the percentage of research activity at each quality level (4*,3*,2*,1* and unclassified) as evaluated by the panel for each UoA entered by Brunel.

REF results table

UoA Name College Institute FTE equivalent 4* 3* 2* 1* U/C
Anthropology and Development Studies College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 9 18% 34% 40% 8% 0%
Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Institute of Energy Futures; Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; Institute of Materials and Manufacturing 63.27 6% 63% 28% 3% 0%
Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy College of Health and Life Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 50.6 13% 42% 40% 5% 0%
Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Institute of Materials and Manufacturing 13 27% 40% 29% 4% 0%
Business and Management Studies College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 61 12% 41% 36% 10% 1%
Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 19 12% 33% 34% 20% 1%
Computer Science and Informatics College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; Institute of Materials and Manufacturing 30.5 17% 48% 27% 8% 0%
Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences College of Health and Life Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 16.2 19% 54% 23% 4% 0%
Economics and Econometrics College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 26.2 1% 30% 57% 12% 0%
Education College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 14.2 13% 47% 33% 7% 0%
English Language and Literature College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 23.15 16% 48% 17% 13% 6%
General Engineering College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Institute of Energy Futures; Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; Institute of Materials and Manufacturing 63.45 11% 58% 24% 4% 3%
Law College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 30.95 6% 45% 45% 4% 0%
Mathematical Sciences College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies; Institute of Materials and Manufacturing 24.05 11% 54% 30% 5% 0%
Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 18.35 25% 37% 29% 6% 3%
Politics and International Studies College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences 23.8 19% 45% 32% 4% 0%
Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience College of Health and Life Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 22.6 20% 39% 34% 7% 0%
Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care College of Health and Life Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 10.3 20% 49% 22% 6% 3%
Social Work and Social Policy College of Health and Life Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 16.1 26% 39% 27% 7% 1%
Sociology College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 12 9% 51% 40% 0% 0%
Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism College of Health and Life Sciences Institute of Environment, Health and Societies 28.9 38% 45% 13% 3% 1%


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