REF 2014 results see London Met ranked 4th nationally for Area Studies, with strong performance in Education and Social Policy.
Date: 18 December 2014
London Metropolitan University has reaffirmed its World Leading status in conducting research that transforms lives.
The Research Exercise Framework (REF) 2014 results, published today, show the majority of London Met research across six categories has been ranked World Leading or Internationally Excellent, with research in area studies, education and social policy scoring well above the national average.
London Met was ranked fourth in the country for area studies, above institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL. This included research into migration issues carried out by the University’s Working Lives Research Institute.
In Social Work and Social Policy, London Met was ranked 25th nationally for Impact, with research into gangs and victims of sexual violence by the Criminology department and Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit being ranked either World Leading or Internationally Recognised.
Education research, including that carried out by the Institute for Policy Studies in Education at London Met, also performed much higher than the national average. London Met is the top post-92 university in the country in terms of the impact of its education research.
Overall, London Met performed well in the REF, climbing 11 places in the Times Higher Education rankings, while the average researcher score has increased by 28%.
Research in areas closely in tune with the University’s mission scored particularly well in the Impact category, highlighting the fact that London Met research actively transforms lives.