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REF 2014 results show the real world impact of our research

English research For our submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we doubled the number of staff producing internationally recognised research and significantly increased the impact our work is having on society and the economy.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) results revealed that 90 per cent of the University's submission was judged to have delivered 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact externally.

The six-yearly assessment of research performance also saw the University achieve an increase in the four-star or three-star research on which public funding is partly based, from 40 per cent in 2008 to 60 per cent in 2014.

Birmingham City University's research has impacted on a range of business developments and public policy. Examples include work that enables the migration of music on obsolete platforms to modern devices, and research that has influenced death penalty policy and practice around the world.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: "Moving forward, our new research and enterprise strategies will enable us to do more and better research, ensuring new knowledge aligns increasingly with the needs of society and the economy.

"Our 2014 REF submission is far more ambitious than ever before, forming part of our aim of repositioning the University as a broader based institution with research increasingly integral to our work."

See detailed results on the REF 2014 site

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