UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering Receives Top Rating in UK for Research Output
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) in which the research of UK universities was evaluated by expert review panels, yesterday. Data on numbers of academic research staff by REF Unit of Assessment have now also been published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Of departments that submitted all of their academic research staff for assessment, UCL was ranked as the leading department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the UK, with 37.7% of its research outputs given the highest 4* rating, 58.3% 3*, 3.3% 2* and 0.7% 1*. 4* research is defined by REF as being "World Leading", 3* as "Internationally Excellent", 2* as "Internationally Recognised" and 1* as "Nationally Recognised".
Departments were also assessed for the non-academic impact of their research and for the quality of their research environment to arrive at an overall rating. Here UCL was ranked as one of the top two departments of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the UK who submitted all of their academic research staff for assessment, with an overall ratings profile of 40% 4*, 57% 3*, 3% 2* and no 1* or unclassified research.
Professor Alwyn Seeds, Head of UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering commented:
"I am enormously proud of the achievements of my colleagues in the Department, who have managed to achieve even greater research success than in the previous HEFCE research evaluation, carried out in 2008. This outcome confirms our position as one of the leading Electronic and Electrical Engineering Departments in the world."