The REF 2021 results are out now and publicly available, with league tables appearing in THE and other outlets. The School of Psychology & Counselling entered the A4 unit (Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience) in this REF 2021 exercise. This is the first time we have submitted to the A4 unit in REF, having previously submitted research-active colleagues to other units.
We seek to engage in research within the School to add to psychological knowledge, benefit wider society, and, of course, because research underpins our teaching, ensuring our curriculum stays at the cutting-edge of the discipline. We have been clear from the outset that our return to A4 was predicated on the notion that this forms a foundation on which to build for the future. This is a beginning, not an end point for the School.
Overall, 58% of our work was classified as 4* ‘world leading’ or 3* ‘internationally excellent’, the two highest categories, and we are ranked 57 out of 93 submissions on Grade Point Average, so just under the halfway mark. This was towards the higher end of our predictions. Our impact case studies, in particular, performed exceptionally well, with two ranked as 4* (‘world leading’), and one 3* (‘internationally excellent’), placing us in the Top 20 nationwide for research impact. This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the collective focus on research with societal impact within the School of Psychology & Counselling.