REF confirms School's position among research elite, 5th in the UK

The School of Psychology has achieved a very impressive performance in the Research Excellence Framework (2014), building on its long-recognised strengths in research.

Psychology at Birmingham is ranked 5th in the UK in the assessment of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, with 52 per cent of its research activity rated as world-leading (4*), and has retained its position as one of the best Psychology schools in the country.

Head of School Professor Kim Shapiro said: "This is an absolutely outstanding outcome. We attribute our success both to our outstanding environment for basic scientific research, and to our long tradition of research with significant impact in national and international policy and practice.

"We are particularly delighted because we returned 88 per cent of our staff, and our success truly reflects the strength of the School of Psychology."

Researchers in the School of Psychology have pioneered the practice of early intervention for schizophrenia, resulting in changes to NICE mental health guidelines and a national programme of early intervention in youth mental health.

They have also led projects charting the extent and consequences of institutionalisation of children across Europe. Results of this research have changed child-care policy for UNICEF and the UN, and in many individual countries.

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