UCL Department of Economics


UCL Economics Ranked 1 in REF 2014

18 December 2014

According to the GPA on the Overall score, the Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked the Department of Economics at UCL as:

  • the top Department in the UK in the field of Economics and Econometrics,
  • the top Department at UCL, and
  • the top Department in any field in any university in the UK.

UCL Economics overall GPA score was 3.78 (out of 4) with 79% of all indicators of output rated at the highest 4* level.

According to the REF 2014 Panel, 69.7% of our “research outputs” were rated in the 4* (world leading) category, 92% of our “impact case studied” were rated 4*, and we scored a perfect 100% of 4* contributions in the “environment” category. This implies that we have top overall score (79/20/1) and top output score (69.7/28.2/2.1) of any department in any discipline in the country

This is an extraordinarily positive outcome which documents the Department’s outstanding quality in Research. It is the fruit of many years hard work aimed at producing a world leading Department excelling in producing frontier-shifting and policy relevant research.

We wish to congratulate all members of the UCL Economics community with this outstanding achievement which puts the Department firmly amongst the very most prominent Departments in the UK University Sector.

Professor Orazio Attanasio, Head of Department
Professor Morten Ravn, leader of the REF submission 

 REF scores 2014 – Economics and Econometrics % of 4*
  Overall Research output
Impact Environment
UCL 79 69.7 92.0 100
LSE 69 56.3 64.4 100
Oxford 56 42.6 64.4 100
Cambridge 47 54.5 50.0 12.5

REF 2014 Economics

REF 2014 Full document (Economics information on page 31)

Times Higher Education REF 2014: Subject Rankings