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12 May 2022

King's Arts & Humanities maintains 'world-leading' research environment

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities has maintained its ‘world leading’ status in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) - the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

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King’s Arts & Humanities has continued to demonstrate a world-leading research environment, according to the results from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

This combined scores from all the Units of Assessment (UoA) adjudged by REF. This rated 98 per cent of the research environment within the faculty as either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).

95 per cent of the assessed faculty research was deemed either 4* or 3* for its impact and 86 per cent of research outputs were deemed either 4* or 3*.

These are fantastic results which show A&H at King’s going from strength to strength in the outstanding quality of our research, and also, increasingly, in the important social impact we are achieving with that research. It is the two in combination that really shows how essential our work is to the contemporary world, and we will continue to celebrate and showcase that.

Professor Marion Thain, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Humanities

The Research Excellence Framework is carried out approximately every six to 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.


Research England – along with counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - uses the REF to determine how to allocate approximately £2billion in research funding.


Each department result can be found on their respective research page and each UoA can be accessed on the REF2021 website as below.


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Marion Thain

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts & Humanities