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12 May 2022

Business School achieved one of the ten highest scores in UK REF 2021

REF assesses institutions on the quality of their research output, impact and research environment

The entrance of Bush House, the home of King's Business School

90.3 per cent of King’s Business School’s research output has been judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework, and the School was one of the ten highest scoring institutions for business and management studies overall.

King’s Business School’s was awarded a score of 3.88 for its research environment, the fourth highest score in business and management studies on this measure. 93.8 per cent of its impact case studies were assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies and aims to secure the continuation of a world-class, dynamic and responsive research base in UK higher education. REF scores institutions for the quality of their research output and research environment, as well as for the impact that their research has outside academia.

The output of 107.6 King’s Business School staff (FTE) was submitted as part of the assessment, more than twice as many as for the 2014 assessment. This reflects the school’s achievements in building expertise in a full spectrum of disciplines within business and management studies. The impact case studies submitted highlighted how King’s Business School is influencing policy and practice, ranging from education and training, to healthcare, personal effectiveness at work, finance and beyond.

This is an exceptional result, especially at a time when we have been expanding our scope considerably. It cements our status as one of the leading institutions in the UK for business and management research. I am proud that our score for impact highlights our contribution to King’s ambition to make the world a better place, and I am delighted that the research environment we provide for researchers from the very first stage in their professional career has received this national recognition.

Executive Dean, Professor Stephen Bach

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Stephen Bach

Executive Dean, King’s Business School

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