Pioneering research at University of Chichester recognised internationally by REF

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  • 86 per cent of University research outputs rated internationally renowned by REF
  • Chichester also given highest world-leading rating for 12 per cent of its outputs
  • REF results measure quality of research across UK universities


The quality and impact of research undertaken at the University of Chichester has been recognised in a major UK-wide assessment.

The Research Excellence Framework, known as the REF, classified 86 per cent of its outputs as internationally renowned. A further 12 per cent was recognised as world-leading – the highest mark set by the assessment.

The REF, which is conducted every seven or eight years, measures the quality of research in UK higher education, with 157 British universities participating. Nearly twice as many academic staff at Chichester submitted to REF 2021 than to the assessment in 2014.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore said the REF results reflect Chichester’s growing reputation for excellent research that is having a real impact on people’s lives worldwide. She added: “I am delighted to see the increase in percentage in staff submitting to the REF, which is a powerful indication of the University’s flourishing research culture.”

Making an impact and creating real change

Some of the research pioneered at the University of Chichester has revealed that video gamers face the same level of psychological pressure as pro-athletes, while another study found that drumming for an hour a week can help autistic children learn more effectively in school.

Recently its academics developed gender and age neutral tests for those hoping to join the British Armed Forces. The entry standards focus more on functional fitness to mimic closely the physical stresses soldiers face on the battlefield.

Results in History and English and Creative Writing underlined that Chichester academics are achieving internationally excellent or world-leading contributions in their fields.

12 per cent of Chichester’s research outputs rated world-leading

The REF results this year were judged in ten core areas by experts from the UK and worldwide, providing a national picture of the value of research undertaken at British universities.

Chichester’s submission rate was almost 50 per cent higher than in 2014 – and those areas which were entered into both this latest and the last assessments had improved as a whole. Among its strongest results were:

  • Sport – which was deemed 73 per cent internationally excellent or world-leading
  • English and Creative Writing – judged 68 per cent internationally excellent or world-leading
  • History – measured at 66 per cent internationally excellent or world-leading

Professor Simeon Keates, the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, added: “Research is central to everything that we do here Chichester. It not only determines our contribution to the world at large but it also feeds directly into our high-quality learning opportunities for our students.”

Find out more about the innovative research undertaken at the University of Chichester and how it is making a real-world change. Otherwise read the REF results in full.

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