Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham has been ranked among the top five departments of Classics, with over 80% of research judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
This is the result of the most recent national Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF), which assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK 2008-2014. It is significant because the four UK higher education funding bodies allocate around £2 billion per year of research funding to UK universities, based on the quality and volume of each university’s research. The REF also provides accountability for public investment in research, demonstrates its benefits, and provides important benchmarking information about the research performance of UK universities.
‘We are very pleased with this recognition of the exceptional quality of our research in Classics and Ancient History at Birmingham, and we are determined to build further on this success.’ Professor Cory Ross, Head of School.
‘REF 2014 has shown that the University of Birmingham is a centre of excellence for research across the full range of disciplines in the Arts and Humanities, confirmed as one of the leading five universities in the country for these disciplines.’ Professor Michael Whitby, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts and Law.