Leeds is one of the top UK universities for research and impact power.

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 saw Leeds ranked in 10th place for research power, a measure of the number of people producing the highest quality research.

The assessment identified that over 80% of research at Leeds has a top quality rating of either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.

For the first time, research was also judged on its impact outside academia, such as its effects on the economy, public policy, civil society or culture. The results put the University in 9th position when it comes to the impact power of its research.

The University of Leeds submitted research spanning the arts and humanities, social sciences, business, physical, biological and environmental sciences, engineering, medicine and health.

Our successes include:

  • over 80% of research received the top rating of 4 stars ('world-leading') or 3 stars ('internationally excellent')
  • 30% of the University’s subject areas are ranked in the top ten in the UK.