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2014 REF results

UK government agencies periodically review the quality of research conducted in UK higher education institutions. The last review of research was the Research Excellence Framework of 2014.

Birkbeck Psychology remains in the top 5 in the UK

Birkbeck's Department of Psychological Sciences achieved an outstanding result in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, remaining in the top 5 in the UK (3rd position according to Research Fortnight, 5th position according to the Times Higher).

Research Fortnight rankings

1. University of Oxford

  • Staff: 98.30
  • % 4*: 67
  • Quality 
Index: 76.3

2. Cardiff University

  • Staff: 69.33
  • % 4*: 60
  • Quality 
Index: 70.7

3. Birkbeck, University of London

  • Staff: 28.35
  • % 4*: 60
  • Quality 
Index: 69.7

3. University of Cambridge

  • Staff: 75.95
  • % 4*: 58
  • Quality 
Index: 69.7

5. University of York

  • Staff: 24.90
  • % 4*: 51
  • Quality 
Index: 65.7

Times Higher Rankings (Quality)

1. University of Oxford

  • Staff: 98.30
  • % 4*: 67
  • Mean: 3.62

2. Cardiff University

  • Staff: 69.33
  • % 4*: 60
  • Mean: 3.52

3. University of Cambridge

  • Staff: 75.95
  • % 4*: 58
  • Mean: 3.51

4. University of York

  • Staff: 24.90
  • % 4*: 51
  • Mean: 3.46

5. Birkbeck, University of London

  • Staff: 28.35
  • % 4*: 60
  • Mean: 3.45

6. Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Staff: 23.25
  • % 4*: 51
  • Mean: 3.44

7.  Imperial College London

  • Staff: 44.33
  • % 4*: 50
  • Mean: 3.41

7. University of Birmingham

  • Staff: 40.80
  • % 4*: 52
  • Mean: 3.41

The THE also ranked departments by research intensity, i.e. the GPA weighted by the proportion of staff submitted. Birkbeck was only department to stay in the top 5 on this measure.

Times Higher Rankings (Intensity)

1. Glasgow

  • Staff: 34
  • % Staff: 95
  • Mean: 3.05

2. UCL

  • Staff: 287
  • % Staff: 92
  • Mean: 3.05

3. Goldsmiths

  • Staff: 33
  • % Staff: 100
  • Mean: 2.98

4. King's College London

  • Staff: 239
  • % Staff: 89
  • Mean: 2.98

5. Birkbeck, University of London

  • Staff: 28
  • % Staff: 86
  • Mean: 2.96

6. Birmingham

  • Staff: 41
  • % Staff: 87
  • Mean: 2.96

7. Cambridge

  • Staff: 76
  • % Staff: 83
  • Mean: 2.90

Measures of success

  • 60% of the Department's work was rated in the highest category 4*, defined as ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour'.
  • 29% was rated 3*, defined as 'internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour'.
  • This result means that the department is now the top psychology research department in the University of London, and in the top 3 in the UK in terms of 4* rated work.

Collective achievement

Head of Department, Professor Mike Oaksford, commented:

'This is a superb collective effort on the School's part. All research staff, administrative and IT staff have played a vital role… Without the superb levels of support that we receive, we could not do our work. Moreover, many research staff were also returned in this REF and so it is truly a collective effort; we should all feel rightly proud of this achievement.'

Please note: rankings vary depending on the measure used.