The University of Northampton is committed to delivering outstanding life-changing research and undertakes research in all the main areas of academic activity including

​Our staff are active researchers and consultants, bringing real-world experiences and insight into the University to share with their students. We are also proud of our many partnership arrangements, which link businesses and organisations with staff and students. The University's research is underpinned by a culture of entrepreneurship and social enterprise recognised around the world fo r its originality and impact.

In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), the University of Northampton entered nine Units of Assessment (subject areas). Of those nine, four were recognised as including 'world-leading research' including business and management, education, Health and History. The remainder all contained research of 'international excellence' including art and design, asian studies, dance, drama and performing arts, english, leather and materials.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The University has successfully submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Research Excellence Framework 2014 exercise. The University submitted to 9 Units of Assessment (UoA) with 108 staff, 344 individual research outputs, 18 Impact Case Studies, 87 PhD student completions and £6,749,246 of research income to represent the vitality, sustainability, originality, and above all, excellence of our research conducted between 2008 and 2013.

The submission is now with HEFCE and will be assessed by panels of academics through 2014 to determine the excellence of our research, which will be used for benchmarking and rankings in league tab​le positions, and to calculate how much quality related (QR) income we will receive from HEFCE.  The results will be published on the 18th December 2014.

Details of the process by which UoAs and staff were selected for submission is available in the University's Code of Practice. We have also published our Equality Analysis, which compares the population submitted with the population eligible to be submitted.



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For information realating to the university's REF submission please contact Jon Stobart by email or phone (01604) 892098.

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