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REF 2021

The impact of UCL Population Health Sciences research on the wider world has been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results.

REF is the external system for assessing the quality of research across the UK’s higher education.  It’s a bit like the Olympics for Research – it only happens every four years - with REF 2021 being the second assessment carried out, with the first one issued in 2014.

We are delighted with the results. 

Key highlights

  • UCL came top for research power in the main panels of ‘medicine, health and life sciences’ and ‘social sciences’.
  • UCL overall is No.2 in the UK for research power.
  • 93% of UCL’s research was graded ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.
  • The Faculty of Population Health Sciences contributed a total of 17 innovative pieces of research which show insights our experts have developed to some of the greatest challenges facing the world and evidence of the benefit to humanity

Impact Case Studies from GOS ICH researchers:

Read more about the Population Sciences impact case studies

REF 2021 News