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.