Committed to working at the intersection of conventional disciplinary groupings to create innovative approaches to contemporary societal challenges and public discourse; and to making a significant contribution to the creation and sharing of knowledge that reaches and influences a broad range of regional and international stakeholders.

REF 2021
The date for the next REF is expected to be 2021 (with submission in 2020), QMU is contributing to a sector wide consultation, led by the UK Joint Funding Councils on the shape of REF 2021.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs).

Through the REF, the UK funding bodies aim to develop and sustain a dynamic and internationally competitive research sector that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing, and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge. 

 

REF 2014 - Results

REF 2014 Results

QMU has made continuing efforts to sustain and enhance research excellence.  The results of our submission to REF 2014 are as follows:

Overall Quality Profiles

UoA 3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research   activity 8.2 4 35 59 2 0

 

UoA 4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research   activity 6.00 8 19 64 9 0

 

UoA 24 Anthropology and Development Studies
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research   activity 8.6 8 44 36 12 0

 

UoA 28 Modern Languages
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research   activity 10.7 34 58 6 2 0

 

UoA 36 Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research   activity 9.2 16 43 25 16 0

 

Detailed Breakdown of Quality Profiles

UoA 3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
Outputs 8.2 6.9 34.5 55.2 3.4 0.0
Impact 8.2 0.0 30.0 70.0 0.0 0.0
Environment 8.2 0.0 37.5 62.5 0.0 0.0
Overall 8.2 4 35 59 2 0

 

UoA 4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Outputs 6.0 0.0 26.1 65.2 8.7 0.0
Impact 6.0 40.0 0.0 60.0 0.0 0.0
Environment 6.0 0.0 12.5 62.5 25.0 0.0
Overall 6.0 8 19 64 9 0

 

UoA 24 Anthropology and Development Studies
Outputs 8.60 12.5 34.4 34.4 18.7 0.0
Impact 8.60 0.0 60.0 40.0 0.0 0.0
Environment 8.60 0.0 62.5 37.5 0.0 0.0
Overall 8.60 8 44 36 12 0

 

UoA 28 Modern Languages
Outputs 10.70 35.9 53.8 7.7 2.6 0.0
Impact 10.70 30.0 70.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Environment 10.70 30.0 60.0 10.0 0.0 0.0
Overall 10.70 34 58 6 2 0

 

UoA 36 Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
Outputs 9.20 25.0 52.8 13.9 8.3 0.0
Impact 9.20 0.0 20.0 50.0 30.0 0.0
Environment 9.20 0.0 30.0 40.0 30.0 0.0
Overall 9.20 16 43 25 16 0

Scoring Explained

Score Definition
Four star Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Three star Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and   rigour but which falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
Two star Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and   rigour.
One star Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and   rigour.
Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which   does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this   assessment.

In forming the overall quality profile, sub-panels have used  a sub-profile for each of the three elements of the assessment – outputs (65%) , impact (20%) and environment (15%).

REF 2014 - Equality Code of Practice

QMU was committed to encouraging the submission of all of its excellent researchers to REF, including those whose volume of research output may have been limited for reasons covered by the Equality Act 2010.

QMU’s submission to REF was informed by an overarching consistent policy of equality and inclusion and a detailed  Equality Code of Practice has been developed and approved by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to underpin this.

The development and implementation of this Code of Practice is a requirement of the funding bodies

QMU Equality Impact Assessment Submission (PDF).

 

RAE 2008

Since RAE 2008, QMU has been making continuing efforts to sustain and enhance research excellence. See our 2008 results below.

RAE 2008

The 2008 RAE used a different system of grading from previous exercises which made comparison rather difficult. Instead of a single score, each unit of assessment, for example UoA 58 Linguistics, received a quality profile. This change was intended to enable the identification of pockets of research excellence wherever they might be located. Our results showed that a figure of 53% of our academic staff were submitted to the RAE, which represents the highest proportion of research active staff in the modern university sector in Scotland.

Examples of the quality profiles for the units of assessment to which QMU submitted are given below together with the definitions of each quality level.

Overall the results were very positive for QMU with the overwhelming majority of our research in two UoAs (Linguistics and Communication, Cultural & Media Studies) being recognised as internationally significant. In both these areas we were able to demonstrate that our research is world leading. In Allied Health, where our research focuses primarily on policy and practice issues often in a Scottish context, we  demonstrated that we have national recognition in the majority of our work. In Drama, Dance & Performing Arts and in Business & Management Studies we also demonstrated that the majority of our research is at least at national standard.

UoA 12 Allied Health Professions and Studies
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research activity 51.80 0 5 30 35 30

 

UoA 36 Business and Management Studies
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research activity 19.0 0 5 25 60 10

 

UoA 58 Linguistics
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research activity 15.60 10 30 25 30 5

 

UoA 65 Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research activity 5.60 0 0 20 60 20

 

UoA 66 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies
Quality Level FTE Cat A Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified
% of research activity 6.00 10 30 55 5 0

It is also important to stress that our institutional research strategy focuses on inclusivity to encourage early career researchers and hence capacity build our research base. QMU took the deliberate decision to submit for assessment as much as possible of our eligible work, believing that this was the strategy most appropriate to our developmental trajectory. That we have achieved these results virtually without the benefit of the 'dual support' funding taken for granted by the older universities is commendable and most encouraging.

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

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Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

Kim Stuart Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit
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Vivian Rutherford Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer
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Ref 2014 Impact Case Studies