April 14, 2024


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College of Social Sciences: REF outcomes

The College of Social Sciences is delighted that, on regular, 93% of its research submitted to REF2021 has been assessed as environment-leading or internationally superb in originality, importance and rigour. 

This accomplishment reflects the College’s commitment to research that materially improves people’s life, in Glasgow, Scotland and globally, performing collaboratively with communities and institutions. 

Logo of the Research Excellence Framework 2021

This builds on the new recognition of the performance of our perform when the College of Glasgow was placed 19th in the earth for its contribution to the UN Sustainable Progress Targets, an final result to which the School of Social Sciences made a considerable contribution. 

The University is a person of the premier centres of social science exploration in the Uk, with 1,673 investigation, instructing and professional team. We led submissions to 6 REF Units of Assessment and contributed to 4 some others within just the University. 

A main accomplishment is that 88% of our outputs have been assessed as planet-leading or internationally fantastic in originality, importance and rigour. This is at least in aspect mainly because of the type of atmosphere our Faculties offer team, a level recognised in the REF2021 physical exercise, in which all elements, 100%, of the study environments explained in all 6 of the submissions we led had been assessed as earth major or internationally fantastic in conditions of their vitality and sustainability. A single illustration of this vibrancy is that we have appointed 330 new lecturing staff due to the fact 2015 and more are in the procedure of becoming appointed.    

We are especially delighted that more than 98% of the impact case scientific studies we submitted had been assessed as possessing earth-main or internationally exceptional attain and importance. 

Professor Sara Carter, Head of the College of Social Sciences, claimed:  

“This accomplishment in REF2021 is a testomony to the true-entire world effects of our entire analysis neighborhood and the general public price of social sciences. I want to thank all of our staff members, pupils and partners whose work has contributed to this recognition, and who make Glasgow University a energetic, complicated, supportive area to acquire a occupation in social sciences. 

“We have invested time, means, and electrical power in building strong main subject disciplines, in creating supporting structures for interdisciplinary do the job to handle global and regional troubles, and in expanding our ability and involvement in social info science. We are pretty pleased that the price of these ways has been recognised in the REF2021 results, but we see this extremely a lot as portion of an ongoing procedure of advancement and enhancement, as the School continues its do the job to fully grasp and eliminate the sources of social and financial inequalities.”

Among many illustrations that exhibit our effect in Scotland, are Baltic Avenue Adventure Playground, which encourages healthier and sustainable eating in Glasgow’s East End, and Justice for Scottish miners, which helped set up and advise an Unbiased Assessment into the Policing of the Miners’ Strike. Beyond Scotland, Football Lovers in Instruction has aided in excess of 10,000 adult men in 11 nations around the world to reward from nutritious life-style programmes sent in qualified sports golf equipment. 

Our personnel are essential contributors to wondering on a substantial array of understanding domains like: economic plan, the British isles-large Productivity Institute, the Economics Observatory and the International Community Coverage Observatory the internet zero economy local climate democracy wellbeing economy fairness in schooling migration Central and Japanese Europe like Ukraine and Russia crime and justice overall health and wellbeing, and the public policy system.    

We are also very pleased to host 3 ESRC-funded investigate centres, every single of which operate creatively across disciplines and with exterior companions in the community, non-public and 3rd sectors: 

Our REF2021 submission is recognition of the general public benefit of significant-top quality social science investigate. We look ahead to working with every person within the College to undertake even extra world-altering research in the long run.

Get the success for every single Unit of Assessment and see much more about the initiatives and analysis tradition that have supported our influence:  

With industry experts from throughout various disciplinary parts, the School of Interdisciplinary Experiments has contributed to 7 themes throughout the REF Models of Assessment.

See the University of Glasgow’s reaction to the REF2021 final results.

Find out much more about the Research Excellence Framework on the REF 2021 web-site in What is the REF?