UCL Medical School


Our Research

Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) is the research department within UCL Medical School, part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UCL.

REF 2021 Results 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a UK wide process which ensures that world-leading research is recognised and encourages research which makes positive impacts on society.

UCL Medical School’s Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) collaborated with the Institute of Education (IOE) and the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences’ Department of Science and Technology Studies in UCL’s REF submission to Unit of Assessment 23 (UoA23) (Education). 

Key highlights

  • All eligible members of the Research Department of Medical Education were submitted to the REF.
  • UCL made the largest submission to UoA23 (Education): 353 staff were submitted making this our most inclusive REF submission to date. Our FTE submission was three times bigger than that of our closest competitors. 
  • UCL’s submission to Education is ranked 1st for overall research power in UoA23. Research power is a measure that takes into consideration both the quality and size of a submission.
  • UCL’s submission to Education is ranked 1st for overall research strength in UoA23, a measure of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research activity and size; 89% of our research activity was rated ‘world-leading’ (4*) and ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
  • Our Environment Statement received the highest possible rating (100% 4*), recognising the vitality and sustainability of our environment that produces research of world-leading quality and enables outstanding impact.  
  • 92.3% of our impact was rated 4*, achieving outstanding impacts in terms of reach and significance, and 7.7% was rated 3*.  

Data source for research power and research strength calculations: REF 2021 Results Analysis Tool developed by Elsevier Analytical Services and Data Services, part of Elsevier Research Intelligence.