REF 2014

Research by Bangor University’s College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences has been highly rated in the UK Government’s 2014 REF research ranking exercise.

The College contributed to research across a wide range of areas, including Business, Law, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Health, Social Policy and History.

Bangor Business School followed up a strong showing in the equivalent exercise in 2008 with two-thirds of research rated as world leading or internationally excellent, consolidating its position among the top 25% of business schools in the UK. Similarly, the School of Social Sciences contributed to research of which over 76% was rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The School of Education’s research was rated second in the UK for impact with the School of Law also scoring highly on impact.

Director of Research Professor Kostas Nikolopoulos said:

“I’m delighted that the breadth of research within the College has contributed to such a variety of inter-disciplinary research areas across the University and we will continue to look for potential synergistic research across the Schools in the College in future. I am particularly pleased that the impact of the College’s research has been recognised and rated so highly”.

Bangor Business School

The Head of Bangor Business School has welcomed the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

“We are very pleased with the higher rating of our research output compared to the previous exercise and that, when adjusted for the proportion of staff included in the REF submission, we rank in the top 25% of business schools in the United Kingdom,” said Professor John Thornton, Head of Bangor Business School.

“In combination with our 91% satisfaction rating in the 2014 NSS, students electing to study at Bangor Business School can be confident of a world class academic and student experience.

“We are particularly pleased by the high impact score for our research, which acknowledges its particular influence in the areas of banking competition, monetary policy and securitization, and small business research.”

Bangor Law School

The Head of Bangor Law School welcomed the School’s REF results, which follows the ten-year-old School’s first submission to the Research Excellence Framework.

“We see our first set of results under REF as very encouraging,” said Professor Dermot Cahill. “Our very high Impact score (12th in the UK) is particularly satisfying as we focus on carrying out research that addresses real issues of concern to society.

“Our research has supported the widening regional availability of law services, for the benefit not just of Wales but within the wider UK, while our work in the area of Procurement legislation has been extremely important input into the framing of public policy in this important area.

“For a relatively young law school, these REF results mark yet another significant milestone in our continuing rapid development, and demonstrates just how well connected we are to the needs of the legal sector. When put alongside our tremendous ranking for student satisfaction – 7th in the UK (2014) – it’s not hard to see why Bangor Law School is becoming a popular choice for Law students.”

School of Education

Research submitted by Bangor University’s School of Education has contributed positively to the University’s success in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework for the Modern Languages and Linguistics Unit of Assessment.

The Unit has been recognised as being joint 2nd in the UK for impact, with more than two-thirds of the research outputs rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 90% of the research case studies submitted were rated as having world-leading impact, with the remaining 10% having excellent impact at an international level.

Research topics submitted by Education focused on aspects of bilingualism, including bilingual acquisition of vocabulary, morphology and reading in Welsh and in English, and issues relating to bilingual children’s selective use of language inside and out of the minority language classroom.    

Head of School Professor Enlli Thomas expressed her delight at the results: “These results are excellent and testify to the importance of conducting applied research of the highest quality. Given our links with schools, our research has the capacity to inform pedagogy, and ultimately improve children’s education. We have a world-class reputation as leaders in bilingual education, and the REF 2014 results testify to our ability to impact on future developments in the field.”

The REF result follows the School’s equally strong performance in the 2014 National Student Survey. The NSS results placed the School’s Primary Education QTS courses top in Wales for student satisfaction, while other courses also scored highly (including a 100% satisfaction rating for the BSc Design and Technology Secondary Education course).

School of Social Sciences

Research by Bangor University’s School of Social Sciences has been highly ranked across several disciplines and placed in the top 20 in the UK. Research covered a broad range of areas including health, social policy, modern languages and history. In all areas, over 76% of outputs were rated as world leading and internationally excellent; in health this rose to a spectacular 95% of outputs.  

The School’s Director of Research, Professor Jane Noyes, expressed her delight at the REF 2014 results: “Our research is world class and makes a real difference. The high ranking of research across several areas is particularly rewarding and reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the School. Students benefit from the research undertaken within our School, which informs multi-disciplinary teaching across the University. It is also pleasing to see the impact of our research recognised in an international context.”

A summary table of the University’s REF results can be accessed here.