School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Research in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

The scientific excellence of the School’s academics (all of whom are research active) is regularly recognised by research accreditation exercises such as the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014: School rises to 4th in UK

In a joint REF 2014 submission with Cardiff Metropolitan University, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise was recognised as being in the top 7 for research quality within its sector in the UK. Furthermore, when expressed as a power rating (which takes account of the volume as well as the quality of research) the joint Bangor/Cardiff submission was ranked 4th in UK (Times Higher Education, 18 December 2014).

As well as securing a higher national ranking, 100% of the research material submitted was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Research areas covered a broad range of areas including Enhanced Coaching and Training practices in sport, health, and military practices worldwide and research into public policy on sport and physical activity.

Head of School Professor Tim Woodman expressed his delight at the news: "I'm not at all surprised to see Sport, Heath and Exercise Science continue our upward trajectory within the UK sector. Our research here is indeed world class and, as our current students will testify, that research is used to inform our teaching.  The high Impact score for our research is particularly pleasing, because in this School we really pride ourselves on doing research that makes a difference.  On the back of our recent very strong NSS results for where we were ranked 4th in the UK, we see the 2014 REF results as vindicating  our position as a School and a university that offers the best combination of a world-leading academic school along with a great student experience"

The University's REF results and summary table can be accessed here.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

The results of the 2008 RAE confirmed the School’s well-established reputation for the highest quality research, with 80% of work being judged as either world leading or at an international level (rated 2 – 4*). This result placed Bangor as one of the top ten Sport Science Schools in the UK with all staff submitted.

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