World-leading Falmouth University Research Excellence Framework

A UNIVERSITY in Cornwall has received outstanding results in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

Falmouth University has announced 100% of its research impact case studies and 63% of its research results have been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*) in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021).

The results show the University’s outstanding progress since REF2014 and represent a huge step forward for the institution, which this year marks only its 10th anniversary since becoming a university.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Emma Hunt said: “We are delighted with these results and very proud of our staff.

“To achieve such a result only a decade after achieving university title status is a testament to the talented and committed staff at Falmouth and the immense hard work they have put into this submission.

“Based in Cornwall, a place with longstanding economic and societal challenges, we are determined to play our civic role as an anchor institution and drive local transformational change.

“So it’s fantastic that our impact case studies, which all focused on addressing issues facing rural areas like Cornwall, such as wellbeing, productivity and growth, have been recognized. as being exceptional or having significant impacts in terms of scope and significance.


“All of our results were submitted in a single unit of assessment; art and design, reflecting our focus on creativity.

“I am delighted that so much of our activity has been recognized as being of national and international significance, demonstrating the growing recognition of the relevance and importance of art and design research.”

Director of Research, Professor David Prior, said: “I am delighted for everyone who submitted their work and that the vast majority of our results were rated as world leading or internationally excellent by the REF panel. .

“I am also extremely proud that our research environment has been rated internationally as of excellent quality and I look forward to working with colleagues to advance our research.”

Professor Emma Hunt added: “We are on a very exciting journey, building our culture and research capacity, working with partners, shaping the creative agenda and continuing to have local, national and international impact through research. about art and design and the unique contribution creativity has to making the world a better place.”

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