World class research by University of Central Lancashire teams

Support: Prof Gerry Kelleher, UCLan vice-chancellor
Support: Prof Gerry Kelleher, UCLan vice-chancellor
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Researchers at Preston’s university are doing world class work according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), released today.

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

Universities can submit entries in up to 36 categories, which are then assessed under strict criteria by experts.

All 16 academic areas submitted to REF by the University of Central Lancashire have been officially recognised as demonstrating elements of world-leading research.

These ratings are determined by peer review panels according to how much of the work submitted for assessment is judged to reach international levels of excellence.

Among the subjects rated with the highest number of internationally excellent or world-leading research ‘outputs’ are general engineering; modern languages and linguistics; communication, culture and media studies and physics.

UCLan’s vice-chancellor, Professor Gerry Kelleher, said: “These results are the well-deserved reward for the outstanding effort and dedication shown by our academic community and I’m pleased with the outcome.

He added: “UCLan’s REF results testify to the university’s significant progress in the research arena over the past five years. Research excellence is extremely important for UCLan in its own right as well as driving academic enterprise and enriching the experience of our students.

“We will continue to support and grow high quality research, which as these results demonstrate is creating major impact outside of academia.”

Nearly half of UCLan’s submission were classified as having outstanding or very considerable impact in terms of its reach and significance (in the top three and four star categories).

Professor Robert Walsh, director of research and innovation, said: “Our desire to create new knowledge and apply it for practical benefit in the interests of people and society has been justified and serves as an excellent foundation to build upon in the coming years. Put simply UCLan’s research is making a real difference to people’s lives throughout the world.

“This is also good news for Preston as we anticipate that our excellent results will attract additional, internationally exceptional academics to the city.”