UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


REF 2021

The impacts of UCL research on the wider world have been recognised in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. UCL SSEES came in third in research power among Area Studies units.

REF 2021 is the second assessment carried out under the Research Excellence Framework (REF), with the first one issued in 2014. UCL has come second in the UK for research power, with SSEES coming third in research power among Area Studies units. 

Key Highlights

  • SSEES ranks 3rd in the UK for research power amongst Area Studies units.
  • 84.5.% of our research was graded 4* and 3* and our research received a 'grade point average' of 3.44 (out of 4)
  • 50% of SSEES research was graded 4* ‘world leading’ (up from 24.3% in 2014)
  • 34.5% of SSEES research was graded 3* ‘internationally excellent (up from 25.7% in 2014).

SSEES Impact Case studies

UCL shared 194 impact case studies showcasing diverse impact across every faculty to combat the most pressing global challenges of our time, four of which came from SSEES and are highlighted below. 

Shaping public policy on Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe

Professor Andrew Wilson has helped to underpin the development of policy planning towards Russia and the six countries of the Eastern Partnership, the EU and other international institutions.

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Providing expertise to support claims from queer Russian asylum seekers

Professor Richard Mole’s research on queer migration formed the basis of expert affidavits supporting asylum claims by five Russian gays and lesbians who were granted refugee status in the US.

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INFORM: closing the gap between formal and informal institutions in the Balkans 

Professor Eric Gordy led research across nine countries to develop the first detailed picture of the scope and effects of informal practices in the Southeast Europe region.

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Successfully providing expertise on innovation policies in the EU and in Central and Eastern Europe 

Professor Slavo Radosevic’s research explores innovation processes and ‘technology upgrading’ in emerging and transition (i.e. post-communist) economies.

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REF 2021 News