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Research Performance

UEA is 10th in the UK for quality of research outputs (Times Higher REF 2014 analysis).

Over 82% of UEA research is rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014), confirming UEA’s position as a premier research institution making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

The University was one of REF2014’s biggest climbers, with a 12-place rise since the last research assessment in 2008 and dramatic improvements across the arts, sciences, health and social sciences.

Social Work is one of UEA’s highest-achieving individual subjects, with almost half of its research ranked world-leading and an overall position of 4th in the UK.

Also ranked 4th in the country is International Development, with American Studies and Languages collectively ranked in 5th place.

UEA’s Food Science research also fared well at 8th place. And a further three subject areas each achieved 10th place in their Units of Assessment – English, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences.

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Achieving excellence in our research ensures UEA can maintain a thriving and diverse research environment, to which we attract world-leading academics.

We have made significant investment in research infrastructure, supporting our academics in securing the vital funding needed to continue to address significant research questions.

Research stats

10th

in the UK for quality of research outputs

Times Higher REF 2014 analysis

50th

in the World for research citations

Times Higher Education world university rankings 2019

23rd

in the UK by grade point average (research quality)

Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis

82%

OF UEA RESEARCH RATED WORLD-LEADING OR INTERNATIONALLY EXCELLENT

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK (REF) 2014