REF confirms School's place in research elite

REF confirms School’s place in research eliteThe School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences has achieved an outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014). These results provide further compelling evidence of the long recognised research strength of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

More than half of the School’s work is ranked as 4*, identifying it as world leading, with 90 percent of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent.

Professor Kathleen ArmourProfessor Kathleen Armour, Head of School, said: “This is an incredible achievement and reaffirms our place as one of the elite research schools in our field both nationally and internationally. We are in the top four of the sector for producing research of the highest international quality (4*).

“This level of achievement is all the more remarkable given the significant changes that have been ongoing since 2011, including two mergers with colleagues from Sport Pedagogy and Physiotherapy resulting in a doubling of the size of the School from 2013 and building and laboratory adaptations to increase future research capacity.”

The School is now ideally placed to capitalise on its expanded disciplinary profile and investment in additional staff. It will continue to deliver world-leading research in areas of existing strength while also building research capacity in new areas, for example Movement Rehabilitation. These new research groups are being developed and supported to ensure they will be ready to make a major contribution to the next research evaluation exercise.

The School is particularly excited by the enhanced capacity it now has to deliver translational research and impact both within and across its discipline base, ensuring that we are able to address complex real-life problems from multiple perspectives.

Learn more about the research strengths in the School of Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences