The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has now released the results for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment of research. We are very pleased to have improved our research profile based on outputs, impact and environment. Once volume of research is taken into account to produce the Research Power rating we are number 2 in the UK, and ranked at 20 based on the quality profile alone. We were also assessed to have the strongest possible environment (100% at 4*). Environment takes into account various factors including our research students, research income and the range of projects that we support.
IET research is rated under Education where we work together with Faculty of Education and Language Studies to make a submission as the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET).
Education at the OU also appeared in a strong position in the QS World University Rankings released in September 2014. This placed our research at number 48 in the world and 10 in the UK. Ranking on the objective measure of citations places the OU at number 2 after the University of Cambridge. The same result also applies for h-index (which is a combine measure of the number of papers and their impact).
Overall it is important to see these measures as only a very partial indication of research excellence and success. Nonetheless we are very pleased to have made such a strong showing this year.
- The Research Power calculations are produced by Research Fortnight and used to provide the league tables used by many UK newspapers including The Guardian and Telegraph. https://www.researchprofessional.com/0/rr/news/uk/ref-2014.html
- QS World University Rankings is a registered trademark of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Following its recent merger with UCL, the Institute of Education appears to be omitted from these rankings. http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings