Research Excellence Framework

REF 2014


The results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) showed that USW has doubled the amount of its research rated as world leading.

Half of USW research is of world leading or internationally excellent standard providing practical solutions for culture, society and the economy, defined in REF terms as its impact.

We  also increased the quality of our research across three quarters of our submissions.

Since 2014, the research environment at the University of South Wales has grown. 

We have seen an increase in publications to 2,800 and grant income of more than £25 million, and have developed plans to build upon the successes of REF 2014.

Highlights of the REF 2014 include:

  • USW’s world-leading and internationally excellent research across the range of the creative industries is ranked top in the UK for its impact

  • In terms of impact, USW’s world-leading research in social policy and criminology is ranked 8th in the UK and top in Wales

  • USW is 15th overall in the UK for world leading research in sports and exercise science