Strength of Leeds Beckett University research endorsed by REF 2021 results
The REF 2021 results showed that 53% of the university’s submission was rated 3* and 4* and therefore considered internationally excellent or world-leading.
Results were particularly strong for Leeds Beckett in sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism where 89% of the submission was rated 4* or 3*. In the allied health and nursing unit, 80% of the submission was rated 4* and 3*.
The results reflect the breadth of the university’s research in these areas which includes improving gender equality in sports coaching, tackling obesity, supporting women with cancer with fertility decisions and improving the training of people working with those suffering from dementia.
The university’s REF 2021 submission included 352 research staff across 15 units of assessment, double the number of staff included in REF 2014. It included research driving up energy efficiency standards in homes, and understanding and supporting the role of civilian peacekeeping.
Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said:
“Our Research Excellence Framework performance demonstrates how Leeds Beckett University is delivering high quality academic research which makes a difference regionally, nationally and internationally.
“We are bringing new understanding and approaches to the major challenges of our time including tackling the climate emergency, resolving conflict and improving health standards while educating students with the skills and understanding to work in these vital sectors.”
Professor Andrew Slade, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Leeds Beckett University, said:
“These results underline Leeds Beckett’s growing reputation for excellence in academic research alongside its long track record of delivering high quality teaching.
“From our knowledge transfer partnerships, to our work with sporting associations and the NHS and many other partners, our academic researchers are providing crucial evidence-based insight to improve practice and outcomes.”