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Research Excellence Framework 2014

The quality and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln was highlighted in the national Research Excellence Framework 2014.

More than half (53%) of the University’s submitted research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading (3* or 4*). World leading (4*) research was identified in almost every area with 90% of research judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher (2* or above).

Overall Lincoln achieved an average score (Grade Point Average) of 2.54 out of 4.0 – an improvement of more than 30% on the last national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.

The University of Lincoln submitted approximately 40% of its eligible staff across 17 subject areas (Units of Assessment) to REF 2014. When weighted for research intensity to reflect the proportion of staff submitted, Lincoln was ranked 67 out of 128 universities across the UK for overall research quality, according to the Times Higher Education.

The University was placed in the top ten nationally for the quality of its research outputs in two areas of REF 2014, reflecting substantial investments made in developing science and health research at Lincoln.

In the ‘Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science’ subject area, Lincoln was placed second out of 29 institutions for quality of outputs with a GPA of 3.26. This area drew together Lincoln’s specialisms in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Cognition; and Evolution and Ecology.

In its largest Unit of Assessment, ‘Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy’, Lincoln was placed 10th in the UK out of 94 institutions for the quality of outputs with a GPA of 3.18.

Research in this area incorporates the work of the Lincoln Institute for Health, a cross-disciplinary group connecting health-related studies spanning laboratory-based science to frontline medical interventions.


Health research case study:

Increasing Flu Vaccination Uptake

Professor Niroshan SiriwardenaThe research of Professor Niroshan Siriwardena and his colleagues has helped transform the way the medical profession and the public view the risks and the necessary response to the threat from flu.

Seasonal influenza is directly responsible for around 12,000 excess deaths each year in the UK. People aged over 65 and others with chronic medical conditions like asthma, bronchitis or diabetes are particularly prone to developing complications of flu such as pneumonia but the link between influenza and heart attack or stroke and from these conditions following flu is less well understood.

Lincoln’s Community & Health Research Unit, a key part of the Lincoln Institute for Health, has worked closely with GPs, practice nurses and other primary care professionals to find the best strategies for increasing uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine. Over the past decade, they have identified common obstacles that prevent at-risk groups getting the jab and devised new campaigns to bring them on board.

Their work has raised public and professional awareness about the importance of the seasonal flu vaccine not just in the UK, but across the world.

Learn more about Lincoln’s world leading research in the Research Showcase.


REF2014 Team 

REF2014 Published Documents