Department of Geography REF 2014 Results
The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 have now been published. Of the research assessed in the Department of Geography, 43% was assessed as being in the highest category; that is 4* (world leading), it thus ranked 1st in the country for research power (its quality weighted by volume). The assessment is based on originality, significance and rigour of the research. When our profile is weighted by the proportion of staff returned we are ranked 3rd in the country (Grade Point Average scaled by proportion of staff returned).
Durham Geography's strength in research was confirmed showing it produced the largest volume of world-leading publications (4*) in the country. Much of it is available in the University’s Open Access Repository.
Our research has outstanding impacts in terms of its reach and significance, with more than half being graded at 4*. Examples can be found on our Impact pages.
This national recognition of the quality of our research confirms one of the reasons we were ranked as 4th best geography department in the world by the QS subject ranking this year.
The exercise has confirmed that the research environment comprising permanent staff, postdoctoral and doctoral researchers, and support staff is among the best and largest in the country, vibrant and sustainable at the highest level. The grading reflects the breadth of excellent work across the department that was able to make a comprehensive submission of all its eligible staff. This further recognises our commitment to fostering an inclusive and collegial research environment that also saw us gain a Bronze Gender Equality Mark this year.
The breadth and excellence of research at Durham Geography can be seen on our Research pages.
The University’s results are published on the University REF 2014 website.