The University of Cumbria is committed to creating high quality research with clear impact: both academic impact and with real world benefits for communities, practitioners, society and policy.
The University of Cumbria’s results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) show both a considerable increase in our ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research, and that our focus on applied and practitioner research (much of it in collaboration with local, regional and international partners) produces high quality and significant impact.
The submissions made reflected our focus on research that is of value to the public, policy makers, practitioners and businesses. We were able to demonstrate substantial impact, bringing benefits to a range of stakeholders, including students and the broader knowledge economy.
Across six units of assessment submitted, 80% was considered to be of a standard recognised internationally or higher. This includes 33% internationally excellent or higher, and 7% of our research graded as world leading.
Read more about the university's REF results here.
Key REF highlights
- 94% of the Allied Health Professions submission was deemed to be of internationally recognised quality or higher, with a grade point average that has more than tripled from RAE2008.
- 69% of the Environmental Sciences submission was deemed to be of internationally recognised quality or higher.
- Business achieved a strong ranking in the Times Higher Education at 79 out of 101 entries, and 85% of the submission at internationally recognised quality or higher.
- 94% of research outputs in Education are of internationally recognised quality or higher.
- Sport and Exercise Sciences produced a strong result in their first submission to the national quality assessment, exceeding the national average within the unit for percentage of research outputs of world leading quality. A third of the outputs were world leading or internationally excellent, with 78% internationally recognised quality or higher.
- Practice based research submitted to Art and Design scored well, with particular success in research impact, achieving 44th place for impact for this unit of assessment in the Times Higher Education ranking. 90% of the impact was deemed to be very considerable or outstanding in terms of its reach and significance.
Read our impact case studies submitted to REF2014
Visual ecologist and University of Cumbria PhD student John Kitchin is staging a fascinating exhibition at Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre over the next few weeks.
As part of his research studies, John has spent much of his time over the past four years in British Columbia (BC), Canada, observing and filming brown bears, otherwise known as grizzly bears.
The exhibition includes some remarkable video footage of brown bears in their natural habitat as well as stunning still photography and information about John’s ongoing research work.
John, who comes originally from Cumbria, describes his time in BC as ‘life-changing’ and explains:
“I was fascinated by the similarity between the forests of BC and the places I walked my dog in the Lake District. The forests in BC and Whinlatter are both temperate rainforests and share many species. They look very similar, but there are no longer any bears in England. This opens up lots of questions for me about how our landscapes have changed and what it must have been like when bears did wander our forest trails.
“I want to reintroduce brown bears to England - well, digitally at least. I want to share my experiences of bears and the more engaging bits of my research; the pictures and videos of bears being bears.”