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.

REF 2014

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

Read our impact case studies submitted to REF2014

Impact News

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.”