The results of the REF have been made public and the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, through its submission to Unit 34 (Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory) has done very well.
A particular strength in the Faculty’s REF submission was the quality of its outputs. Of the staff research outputs that were submitted, 24% were judged to be “world leading” or 4* quality, and 48% to be “internationally excellent” or 3*.
Using this metric Kingston ranks 19th out of the 84 Art and Design submissions for quality of research outputs, putting it ahead of other major institutions.
Factoring in all three categories–staff outputs, research environment, and impact, art and design at Kingston University has achieved an overall grade point average of 2.93 ( highest ranked 3.51) placing us 35 out of the 84 institutions submitting to Art and Design. Of the nine units submitted to REF by Kingston University, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory was the highest rated unit.
The University also improved its performance from the RAE. Sixty per cent of Kingston University’s overall submission has been rated as world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*), a 100% improvement on the results of the RAE in 2008. The best performing units of assessment in the university are Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory; Allied Health Professions and Nursing; English Language and Literature; Philosophy; Business and Management Studies; and, Computer Science and Informatics.
This means that Kingston University has risen to 72nd from 91st in 2008, which puts us ahead of Brunel, Coventry, Oxford Brookes and Hertfordshire universities.
This research assessment result secures the Faculty’s reputation for research both within the University and externally. This is immensely important and something we should be rightly proud of. Congratulations to all the staff who have contributed such hard work to the submission, in particular Professor Fran Lloyd and the Research Office team who put in many, many hours to ensure that the Faculty achieved such a good result.
For full results, subject rankings and institutional comparisons please see: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/ref-2014-results-table-of-excellence/2017590.article