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CoHaBS Excels in REF 2014

In the 2014 UK Government's REF research ranking Exercise the CoHABS average GPA of 3.27 across the three units of assessment sees us ranked 6th in the UK when compared with overall institutional GPAs. This is a fantastic endorsement of the high quality research across the College and a research environment that delivers meaningful impact. Bangor University has also performed very well climbing to 39th overall in the table that excludes single subject institutions (42 overall).

Professor Nicky Callow, Dean of the College has expressed her pleasure at the result; "I am absolutely delighted with the performance across the units of assessment within CoHaBS; it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. These results, coupled with the excellent 2014 NSS scores in the College, exemplifies how we deliver on a learning environment that ranks amongst the very best in the UK and Internationally."

Healthcare Sciences - GPA 3.29 - No.1 in Bangor, Top 20 in UK

95% of our health research is world-leading and internationally excellent and the quality of our health research outputs put us in the top 3 out of 94 Universities for outputs. Our research covered important global health challenges around the organisation and delivery of healthcare across the life span, and from the bench to the bedside and demonstrates our commitment to research with impact for patients and health services.

Head of School, Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone said: “I am delighted with our success. This is a significant and important achievement for the university. This result reflects the expertise and commitment of our staff, and reinforces our ambition to remain a leading force in health research. We are committed to continuing to with our partners to find new ways to do and get research into practice so that patients and services benefit. This is an important result for our students as they will continue to benefit from studying in a research led environment."

Psychology - GPA 3.28 - No.2 in Bangor, Top 20 in UK

89% of our Psychology research output ranked as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ and we achieved an overall ranking of 17th (out of 82 universities). A key element of this success is in the School’s efforts to create Impact outside of the academic world. In this category our entire submission was ranked as ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ in terms of its reach and significance.

Head of School Dr. John Parkinson expressed his satisfaction at the latest results: “I am very pleased with the School’s performance in one of the largest and most competitive units of assessment in the 2014 REF. I have always been aware of the strength of our school which has drawn staff and students from across the globe to Bangor and the fact that 40% of our research output is ranked as ‘world leading’ is testament to that strength. I think it is also worth reiterating that this excellent REF performance follows hard on the heels of an exceptional NSS 2014 performance where we were ranked in the top 10 in the UK for ‘student satisfaction’. Very few other departments across the UK can offer such compelling evidence of combined research and teaching excellence." Click here for more details on the Psychology REF 2014 results.

Sports, Health and Exercises Sciences - GPA 3.25 - No.3 in Bangor, Top 10 in the UK

Research submitted by Bangor University’s School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences has been recognised as being in the top 7 within its sector within the UK. As well as securing a higher national ranking, 100% of the research material submitted was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Head of School Professor Tim Woodman expressed his delight at today’s 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”

Bangor University REF 2014

Overall the university is ranked in the top 40 in the UK and has been recognised for world leading research in several domains. Read more here about the performance of the university as a whole.