UCL Population Health Sciences


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 – only happening every few years - with REF 2021 being the second assessment carried out, with the first one issued back in 2014.

We are delighted with the results. 

Key highlights

  • UCL came top for research power in the main panel of ‘medicine, health and life 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

We hope you enjoy reading more about this ground breaking work below.

Population Health Sciences impact case study highlight 

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Transforming global HIV prevention strategies and the lives of people living with HIV

In 2020, there were 37.7 million people living with HIV worldwide. UCL research is at the forefront of discovering new ways to manage and prevent the spread of the virus.

All UCL Population Health Sciences REF 2021 Impact Case Studies   

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