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12 May 2022

King's Classics research ranked first in the UK

The Department of Classics has been ranked first in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) results out today.

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King’s Classics research has been ranked first in the country in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). 100 per cent of the research environment and research impact at the department was recognised as either ‘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 department submitted a unit of 32 staff, at 31.46 FTE, under Unit of Assessment 29 (‘Classics’). The assessment consisted of three elements: a statement about our research environment; three impact case studies; and a selection of 67 outputs, 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 UoA29 (Classics).

You can read more about King’s Classics research here.


Picture: Detail of Léo Caillard’s art installation at Bush House, part of the King’s Classics The Classical Now exhibition in spring 2018.

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