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Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine REF2014 Results

The Faculty’s mission is to deliver world leading education and research in the biomedical and health sciences. Our international reputation is well established: King’s is positioned 8th globally in the ‘Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health’ disciplinary table by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16. The QS World University Rankings 2015 by Faculty position us 24th for Life Sciences and Medicine.1

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the current framework exercise, developed by the UK higher education funding bodies, to provide accountability for public investment in research and to inform the selective allocation of these funds. Higher Education Institutions were invited to make submissions to the first REF, which has replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), in November 2013. 

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine’s REF2014 return included 384 members of staff (65 more staff than our RAE2008 submission)  against seven Units of Assessment (UoAs). 

Executive Dean, Professor Simon Howell commented " The outstanding results achieved by Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine within the context of the very strong Health Schools’ overall performance, has made a significant contribution to the improved performance by King’s compared to the 2008 RAE outcomes.'"  

The results are summarised below:

Summary of results:

REF Unit of Assessment Academic Division(s) Category A - members of staff/FTE 4* 3* 2* 1* UC 
1Clinical Medicine 

Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology

Cardiovascular

Cancer Studies

Genetics & Molecular Medicine

Immunology, Infection & Inflammatory Disease

Transplantation Immunology & Mucosal Biology

- 142 members of staff

- 136.4 FTE

 
48             45              6              1              0             
2Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Analytical & Environmental Sciences

Health & Social Care Research

 

- 26 members of staff

- 23.5 FTE

 
37              49              14              0              0
3bSubjects Allied to Medicine: Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health 

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences

Women's Health

 

- 102 members of staff

- 93.9 FTE

 
42              49              8              0              1
3cSubjects Allied to Medicine: Nursing and Midwifery and Palliative Care  Palliative Care

- 12 members of staff

- 12 FTE*

 
43              47              10              0 0
5Biological Sciences  Cell & Molecular Biophysics

- 31 members of staff

- 27.1 FTE**

 
30              52 15 1              2
15General Engineering  Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering 

- 57 members of staff

- 53.3 FTE

 
38              61              1 0 0
26Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism  Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences 

- 14 members of staff

- 13.8 FTE

 
46              42              10 2 0

* the total number of King’s staff submitted to UoA 3b was 43 (40.8 FTE), including staff from other faculties.

** the total number of King’s staff submitted to UoA 5 was 80 (73.8 FTE), including staff from other faculties. 

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Detailed results:

REF Unit of AssessmentProfile GPA RankingPower Ranking4* 3* 2* 1* UC 
1Clinical Medicine 
 
 
 
Outputs      31.7  57.5  10.0  0.4  0.4 
Impact      70.7  29.3  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      87.5  12.5  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall  3rd 7th 48  45 
2Primary Health, Health Services and Primary Care
 
 
Outputs      25.9  51.9  22.2  0.0  0.0 
Impact      80.0  20.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      25.0  75.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall 9th 17th 37 49 14 0 0
3bSubjects Allied to Medicine: Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health
 
 
 
Outputs      26.0  60.7  11.4  0.2  1.7 
Impact      58.0  42.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      87.5  12.5  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall  15th 2nd 42  49  1 
3cSubjects Allied to Medicine: Nursing and Midwifery and Palliative Care 
 
 
 
Outputs      26.1  58.2  15.0  0.0  0.7 
Impact      84.0  16.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      62.5  37.5  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall  13th 18th 43  47  10  0 
5Biological Sciences 
 
 
 
Outputs      29.9  46.7  18.7  1.1  3.6 
Impact      15.0  70.0  15.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      50.0  50.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall  23rd 10th 30  52  15 
15General Engineering
 
 
 
Outputs      14.0  84.7  1.3  0.0  0.0 
Impact      80.0  20.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      85.0  15.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall  5th 12th 38  61 
26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
 
 
 
Outputs      37.5  44.6  14.3  3.6  0.0 
Impact      50.0  50.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Environment      75.0  25.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Overall  6th 12th 46  42  10 

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Summary of ranking:

REF Unit of Assessment No.  of SubmissionsGPA Ranking Power Ranking Quality Index Ranking 
1Clinical Medicine  31  3rd  7th  3rd 
2Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care 32  9th 17th  11th 
3bSubjects Allied to Medicine: Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health  94  15th  2nd 16th 
3cSubjects Allied to Medicine: Nursing and Midwifery and Palliative Care  94  13th  18th 14th 
5Biological Sciences  44  23rd  10th  24th 
15General Engineering  62  5th  12th  6th 
26Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism  51  6th  12th  6th 

The Grade Point Average represents an average score (out of four) for the submission to a unit of assessment and is derived by multiplying the percentage of the submission at each of the levels (4*, 3*, 2*, 1*) by the number of the star ranking and dividing by 100.

The Quality Index is similar to the GPA but gives an additional weighting to the proportion of research at the higher star level. The index that the College has used is % 4* x 9, % 3* x 3, divided by 9. Different league tables may use different proportions for this.

The Power Ranking uses the quality index to derive a score relative to the other submissions. The Quality Index is multiplied by the full time equivalent submitted and is then divided by the FTE of the largest submission.

For detailed comment and analysis of each of the Faculty’s results, please visit the following pages:

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1 The needs of patients, their carers and the public are changing; more people are living with multiple long-term conditions, technology is transforming clinical relationships and advances in genomics are enabling personalised care. Working with our partner NHS Trusts we seek a fully integrated approach based on strong basic science discoveries and innovation, which enables rapid translation into new therapies and improvements in care. The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the other King's Health Faculties, with a range of health disciplines which is unique amongst the top five UK universities, is well-placed to cut across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries, and to provide the research-led educational and healthcare leadership required to transform patient and population health. 
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