In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessment exercise, 96% of Bournemouth University’s research was rated at an international level, with 18% of that deemed to be world leading. This recognised BU’s achievement in creating a culture where research can flourish and grow.
For the first time, REF also measured the impact of research on society. BU’s results showed that 72% of our research has been deemed to have an outstanding or very considerable impact on society. Research that makes a difference to the world is at the heart of BU’s ethos, and our results acknowledge that commitment.
The assessment recognised BU as a leading university in both the UK, and south west region. Tourism was rated as first in the UK based on internationally recognised research. Art and design was ranked as first in the south west based on world leading research, and communication, cultural and media studies was rated as first in the south west based on the impact of its research.
Research at BU has grown substantially since the 2008 research assessment, with over 60% of research now ranked as world leading or internationally excellent, compared to just 39% in 2008. The number of staff submitted for assessment has also increased by 45.5 per cent.
Looking to the future, BU will continue to ensure that its focus is on delivering research which makes a difference to the world. Be it at a community, national or international level, we will endeavour to ensure that our research builds on its legacy of excellence.
For REF 2014, BU made a submission to the following Units of Assessment:
3 Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy
- Improving health and social care practice
- Facilitating positive cultural change in health and social care organisations through practice development
- Informing breastfeeding policy, guidelines and training, as well as direct interventions to improve the experience for nursing mothers
4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
- Assessment and treatment of children and adults with face processing impairments
- Facilitating efficient wayfinding in complex human environments
15 General Engineering
- Enhancement of ‘Upstream’ Software Development Methods
- Green Tribology – The Sustainable Design of Lifeboat Launch Systems
17 Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
- Policy-making and species eradications: Protecting European biodiversity from the ecological impacts of non-native fish
- Striking the right balance between coastal bird conservation and the needs of society
19 Business and Management Studies
- Impact on Maxwell Stamp PLC, its Government Clients and the Government of Azerbaijan
- Shaping intellectual property legislation through evidence-based research