REF 2014: SENRGy rises to top 20 in UK
Research submitted by Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK.
As well as securing a high national ranking, 78% of the research material submitted was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Research in the area of Earth Systems and Environmental Science was ranked 15th in the UK for Research Quality and saw the 5th largest rating increase in the UK. In the area of Agriculture our research was ranked an impressive 4th in the UK for Research Power, which measures the quantity of high quality research. Submissions for both these units of assessment were made jointly with Aberystwyth University.
The rankings reflect the fantastically broad range of research topics within the School - from carbon footprinting of food, ecosystem conservation, and environmental biogeochemistry to pathogens affecting human health in the environment.
Head of School Professor Morag McDonald expressed her delight at today’s news: “This is an excellent outcome that demonstrates our upward trajectory within the UK sector. Not only that the research is considered to be world class, but 96% of the assessed impact of our research on the economy, society and the environment was rated as world-leading or internationally-excellent. This included novel strategies for breeding new varieties of rice, maize and millet which have been grown on more than 3M ha of agricultural land, estimated to provide benefits of around £36M annually to the poorest farming households in marginal areas of South Asia.
“On the back of an 11% rise in our NSS (National Student Survey) score this year, we are truly making a global difference AND providing a great student experience.”
A summary table of the University’s REF results can be accessed here.
Publication date: 18 December 2014