School of Metallurgy and Materials in top quartile in the UK for world-leading research

The School of Metallurgy and Materials is very pleased to have achieved an excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The School was ranked in the top quartile in the UK for world-leading research. Overall 86% of the research in the School was recognised as internationally excellent of which 31% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading.

Professor Paul Bowen, Head of School, commented: “We are pleased with our REF results – they mark us out as one of the leading universities in this field. Going forward, we are capitalising on our strong research base by investing in key research activities and collaborations, with internationally-renowned partners, through initiatives such as the High Temperature Research Centre. The School continues to undertake pioneering research on the structure and integrity of materials for aerospace engineering and the development of new techniques in additive manufacturing of novel alloy systems.

“The UK should be proud to have six broadly-based Materials Departments that once again have excelled in this Research Excellence exercise. Along with Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, Manchester and Sheffield we are pleased that the University of Birmingham belongs to this elite group of world leading departments."

The School of Metallurgy and Materials is part of the University’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences which draws together research strengths across the academic schools to focus on the wider research themes of Advanced Manufacturing, Science Frontiers, and Resilience, Energy and Sustainability. Professor John Bridgeman, College Director of Research, said: “The School of Metallurgy and Materials is home to some highly influential, important and high-profile research activities. The properties, processing and manipulation of materials and our understanding of their uses, are fundamental to many fields of engineering and to the scale and economy of the manufacturing sector”.

Learn more about the School of Metallurgy and Materials’ research strengths and the over-arching College research themes