University of Birmingham ranked among top UK universities for research

The University of Birmingham today received an outstanding vote of confidence for the quality of its research and its contribution to society.

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), a major exercise which assesses the quality and wider impact of research across all UK universities, concluded that the University of Birmingham is one of the best universities in the country.

The best work is graded at 4* by review committees and based on this, the University is ranked 11and in the UK among Russell Group universities and 19and out of 157 institutions in the UK that have been assessed – this represents an increase of 25 places since the last REF in 2014. This result is testament to both the quality of the University’s research community and its substantial investment in people and facilities.

Commenting on the results, Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said: “This is a tremendous result for Birmingham and an unprecedented rise within the Russell Group of universities in foreground. It reflects many years of hard work by outstanding researchers working at the forefront of their disciplines across the University and our clear aim to produce high-impact research. Today’s results also reflect the strong partnerships we have with industry, health and culture, working together to deliver solutions for people’s lives, society and our planet.

“I want to congratulate and thank everyone in our community who has been involved – our scholars, those who have supported their work, and our partners who continue to invest and work with us. We have so much we can do. to be proud of and a fabulous foundation from which to continue to build as we strive to achieve our ambition of becoming one of the top 50 universities in the world.

Professor Heather Widdows, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, added: “I am exceptionally proud and delighted that the breadth and dynamism of our research and its impact has been recognized by the evaluation committees. Universities have a vital role to play in bringing together diverse people and organizations to address some of the greatest challenges facing individuals, society and the planet, and today is a day to celebrate the quality and impact of research at UK universities.

The University has 15 subject areas ranked in the top 10 in the UK for 4*, including Physics which was ranked first, Earth Systems and Environmental Science, Computing, Philosophy, theology and religious studies, sports and exercise sciences, public health, health services and primary care, social work and social policy, engineering and law.

The results also recognize the game-changing impact that the University’s research is having on global health challenges, tackling inequalities, driving innovation with industry and manufacturing, and tackling climate change. . Here are some of the ways the University’s excellent research units have a direct impact:

Transforming health around the world through new discoveries, treatments and patient care

University researchers continue to work on the impacts of COVID-19. From establishing the first of three flagship testing facilities, to processing thousands of COVID-19 tests daily, to playing a pivotal role in delivering rapid, large-scale genetic sequencing to inform public health response , the University is currently conducting a major study to better understand how the immune system interacts with SARS-CoV-2 to help develop better diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.

Driving innovation with industry, growing economies and improving livelihoods

The Birmingham Center for Railway Research at our engineering school is Europe’s largest university cluster providing world-class research, education and innovation to the global railway industry, specializing in digital systems and railway decarbonisation . The University is also lead partner in the £92m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), a collaboration between academic centers of excellence and the rail industry, aimed at bringing about a step change in innovation in the sector and to accelerate new technologies and products resulting from research into market applications on a global scale.

The University’s relationship with global electrical systems company Rolls-Royce spans nearly two generations. Our collaborative science and engineering research has helped the company develop new technologies and train its workforce. Our £60 million High Temperature Research Center for advanced manufacturing research offers world-class basic and applied research programs in the key areas of investment casting, design for manufacturing and systems simulation.

Fight against inequalities, fight for a fulfilling life and a fairer world

Birmingham’s leading school of education works to eliminate inequalities in access to education, for example by understanding the social and educational inclusion of the visually impaired to increase access and improve curricula and teaching methods in the UK and around the world. At our College of Arts and Law, scholars have transformed the public understanding of those who experience homelessness, informing national NGO practice on homelessness and helping to secure the government’s commitment to repeal the 1824 Homelessness Act. vagrancy.

Improve understanding of climate change and develop technologies to decarbonize energy and transport

Located in East Birmingham, the University’s Birmingham Energy Institute supports Tyseley Energy Park’s mission to transform clean energy innovation in Birmingham and the West Midlands by stimulating and demonstrating new technologies and turning them into commercially available energy systems. that will contribute to the city’s commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030. The BIFoR FACE experiment in Staffordshire has placed University of Birmingham researchers in a globally unique position to study the impact of climate change on the trees. Recent findings reveal that mature oak trees will increase their photosynthetic rate by up to a third in response to rising CO2 levels that are expected to be the global average by around 2050.

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