Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) results announced

The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) were released on 12 May 2022. The REF, which last took place in 2014, assesses the research of UK universities and is used to determine quality-related research funding provided by the funding councils. 

The largest element of the REF consists of assessing research outputs published from 2014 until 2020. Over 60% of the School of Law’s research outputs submitted for assessment were rated as “world-leading”, something achieved by only one other submission to the Law panel. 

The School also had 62.5% of its research environment and 50% of its impact case study submission rated as world-leading. Our impact case studies showed our influence in combating ill-treatment of detainees in Eastern Europe, global regulation of autonomous weapons systems, an evidence-led approach to European copyright law, reforming public sector complaint processes to reduce harm to employees, and improving safeguards against wrongful conviction.