Coventry University has had its biggest and best performance in the UK’s assessment of research in higher education after huge growth in its ability to deliver research aimed at impacting people’s lives around the globe.
The percentage of Coventry University’s research classed as world leading or internationally excellent has increased to 70% in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, from 61% in the REF2014.
The size of Coventry University’s submission to REF2021 increased by nearly 200% compared to a national increase of 46%.
The REF is a periodic exercise of research assessment and annually distributes around £2billion worth of public funding to support research activities in higher education institutions. The results indicate how well the university’s research efforts have contributed to positive change in the region, the UK and across the world.
Coventry University’s research has performed particularly highly in a number of areas, including allied health, dance, and art and design. A project that tests medical drugs to improve the early detection of negative side effects on the heart is just one example of our research that is changing lives.
The university’s research was assessed in ten different subject areas, with every subject having some research classed as world-leading (4*). The REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies Research England, the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland in order to allocate public research funding to universities.
Professor John Latham CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, said: “We are delighted with the university’s performance in REF2021 – it is a clear validation of our ability to conduct research that matters and can change lives following substantial growth of our research portfolio over several years. We are working with organisations to tackle some of the biggest challenges affecting our communities.
“What is particularly pleasing is the growth we can see across the board, with 70% of our research now classed as world leading or internationally excellent. At Coventry University we always want our research to have real-world impact across the globe so this is fantastic news.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Prof. Richard Dashwood, said: “Our long-held reputation for teaching excellence is now matched by a reputation for research excellence.
“Our breadth of entries to REF2021 – from drug testing technology to community-based rehabilitation for prisoners, and from developing transport systems for the future to shifting perceptions and policy for homeless people – further demonstrates our drive to deliver research that can make a difference to people’s lives both in the UK and globally. These results allow us to see how Coventry University has evolved but also look at where we are going as we now have considerable capacity and expertise on which to build."