LSE excels in the REF again
LSE's Department of Social Policy has excelled once again in the REF, the UK's most recent nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment, which is undertaken every six to seven years. The results published last week show that LSE Social Policy is the UK's number one department for world leading and internationally excellent research.
The REF assessment takes place according to a quality scale from 1* to 4*, with 4* representing world leading research quality. In REF 2014 LSE's Department of Social Policy had the highest percentage (94%) of world leading 4* and internationally excellent 3* publications of any UK institution. It also had the highest possible scores (100%) for research impact and environment.
In the overall ranking, aggregating scores for research outputs, impact of research on policy, and academic environment LSE Social Policy was placed second in the country league table. When adjusted to take account of the percentage of staff submitted to REF, LSE Social Policy is by some distance the number one UK Social Policy Department for overall quality research.
Congratulations to everyone in the Department of Social Policy for an outstanding set of results.