REF results 2014

REF results 2014

College of Science and Engineering delivers power and impact in Research Excellence Framework

Having submitted 94 % of all eligible staff, the College of Science and Engineering has 90 % world-leading and internationally excellent research, rising to 95 % for its impact.

Our geographers are best in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The College addresses major technological and societal challenges, leading to impact, including:

  • new computer algorithms for the life-saving matching of kidney donors with recipients
  • design tools for the world’s semiconductor manufacturers
  • helping police to resolve missing persons cases
  • an over-the-counter medical test for bowel cancer
  • software revolutionizing the design of electric motors in the automotive and aerospace industries.

Looking forward, current research includes:

  • pioneering approaches to safe drinking water
  • antibacterial sterilization methods for surgical instruments and the packaging of perishable supermarket foods
  • the establishment of a £29M UK Centre of Excellence for Quantum Technologies for next generation imaging systems.

Highlights for the College include:

  • The College of Science and Engineering has 26% world-leading research, rising to 45% for its impact.
  • Our Human Geographers are 1st in the UK for research publications and 1st in the UK overall for internationally excellent and world-leading research.
  • Earth Science is joint 1st in Scotland for world-leading research.
  • Engineering is 5th = in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Chemistry’s submission is No 3 in UK for number of staff judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • Computing Science and Engineering are in the top 10 in UK for number of staff judged to be world-leading.
  • Physics and Astronomy achieved 9th best in UK for impact from its research.
  • Computing Science first in Scotland for impact from its research.
  • Engineering in the University of Glasgow delivered the best performance for the west of Scotland amongst its peers.
  • Outstanding progress was made by Chemistry, Engineering and Human Geography.
  • Internationally excellent research in Computing Science, Human Geography, Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences was in the upper quartile for their respective units of assessment.