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REF 2014 Results: REF 2014: Edinburgh sociology top ranked in power rankings

Sociology research receives top rating in UK by national research assessment

Sociology - together with Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) - at the University of Edinburgh has today (18 December) been rated as first* in the UK for its quality and breadth of research, in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014). In addition to its 1st place ranking using the respected Research Fortnight "Power Index", the alternate Times Higher Education "research power" index also ranks Sociology as top in the UK.

This UK-wide assessment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has also reported the following, excellent assessment of Sociological (and STIS) research at Edinburgh:

  • 83% has been identified as "world leading" or "internationally excellent".
  • 54% of the wider societal and economic impact derived from the research has been assessed as "outstanding".
  • 63% of the research environment has been judged to be "world-leading", whilst the remainder is "internationally excellent".

Speaking about the REF2014 rankings Dr Nick Prior, Head Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, said:

"It's terrific to learn that Sociology at the University of Edinburgh has received such a high rating for the quality and breadth of its research. Such an accolade, in what is the 50th anniversary year of Sociology at Edinburgh, is a true honour and is testament to the quality of the staff we have here" 


Click here to view the REF2014 Power and Qality Rankings