In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), the Department of Digital Humanities and the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, as a joint submission, have been ranked 7th institutionally in the UK overall and 3rd in the research power ranking. 100 per cent of the research impact and research environment were rated as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) and 88.9 per cent of research outputs were valued as ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
The REF is carried out approximately every six–seven years to assess the quality of research across UK universities, show the quality and output of research on a domestic and global stage and show the impact research has on the academic environment and our society – highlighting its real-world benefits.
The departments submitted a unit of 56 staff, at 52.3 FTE under Unit of Assessment 34 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Studies).
The assessment consisted of 117 outputs and five impact case studies published over the REF cycle, between 2014 and 2020. Each strand is judged on a scale of 1* to 4*, with 4* denoting world-leading research.
View the full results of the REF2021 Uo34 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Studies).
You can read more about the Department of Digital Humanities research here.
You can read more about the Department for Culture, Media & Creative Industries here.