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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 at Edinburgh Law School

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The REF was undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies to:

  • • inform the selective allocation of research funding to HEIs
  • • provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks
  • • provide accountability for public investment in research and demonstrate its benefits.


The REF was a process of expert review. Submissions were assessed by an expert sub-panel, working under the guidance of four main panels. Sub-panels applied a set of generic assessment criteria and level definitions, to produce an overall quality profile for each submission.

 

Overall Quality Rating

Edinburgh Law School's overall research activity is rated on the quality of our publications, our research impact, and our research environment.

We rank 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK* based on the breadth and quality of our research. (*Research Fortnight Power Rank) We also rank 8th in the UK for 4* quality publications.

More than three quarters (77%) of all our research activity is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. Since Edinburgh Law School had one of the highest research submissions in the UK, this represents a comprehensive picture of our thriving and dynamic research community.

Edinburgh Law School's overall quality profile expressed in percentage is:

4*
(world-leading)
3*
(internationally excellent)
2*
(internationally recognised)
1*
(nationally recognised)
42
35
22
1
 

Research Impact

Edinburgh School of Law prides itself on conducting research that makes a difference in the real world.

Edinburgh School of Law ranks 1st in the UK for the highest volume of 4* rated research impact. In REF2014, we submitted six impact case studies, five of which were rated 4*. This was one of the largest submissions for law research in the UK. This means that we produce the highest volume of research impact that is considered world-leading in terms of significance and rigour.

4*
(world-leading)
3*
(internationally excellent)
2*
(internationally recognised)
1*
(nationally recognised)
86.7
13.3
0
0
 

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Research Environment

Edinburgh School of Law creates a world-leading research environment for our academics and students.

100% of our research impact and environment has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

4*
(world-leading)
3*
(internationally excellent)
2*
(internationally recognised)
1*
(nationally recognised)
75
25
0
0
 

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Edinburgh Law School thanks all of its staff and students for their contribution to ensuring that we remain one of the top ten law schools in the UK, and a world leader in outstanding, impactful research activity.