The Research Excellence Framework (REF), a new national assessment of research at UK universities has ranked St George’s, University of London, as fourth for impact of its research on the global community.


The expert panels who carried out the assessment also ranked St George’s joint 42nd in the country overall which is a rise of 24 places from a similar exercise carried out six years ago.

St George’s was assessed in the two general areas of Clinical Medicine and Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care. Submissions from all universities were rated the best at 4*, meaning world-leading, through to 1*, national standard, or unclassified.

For St George’s, the assessment sees a significant positive improvement in several areas - notably in the percentage of research submissions rated as internationally excellent or world leading, ie scoring 3* and 4* which has risen to 70 percent from 44 percent under the previous assessment.

Furthermore now almost 30 percent is at the top, internationally leading level of 4* compared to 5.4% six years ago.

Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George’s, said: “This is fantastic news and is a great endorsement of the professionalism, hard work and excellence of our researchers. Importantly the findings reflect the immense relevance and benefits that our research has beyond the laboratory.

“Substantively, this assessment exercise is good news for the state of medical research in the UK which is clearly among the best in the world.

“At St George’s, we have seen a significant improvement in the quality of the research so the vast majority is recognised as internationally excellent and we have increased the proportion of world leading research by 25 percent.”

The REF replaced the previous scheme called Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) which was carried out in 2008.

Results from the REF will be used by HEFCE to allocate to inform the selective allocation of their quality related research funding to HEIs, with effect from 2015-16 - around £2 billion per year from 2015-16.