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REF recognition is the business for Brunel University London

The business education community has recognised Brunel’s success in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), announced last month.

Leading voice in the field, the Association of Business Schools, analysed Brunel Business School’s performance against the 100 other Higher Education Institute business schools in the UK that submitted to the REF.

The resulting league table, which places Brunel University London 12th in the UK, takes into account the department’s GPA (Grade Point Average), its volume of staff submitted for assessment and intensity of research.

The analysis is further recognition of Brunel Business School’s success, after the Times Higher Education’s own analysis placed the department 20th in the UK in its intensity research rankings – up from 65th place in 2008.

Elsewhere, 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% in the RAE.

The Association of Business Schools’ analysis can be found here.