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REF2014: SUMS soars up the rankings

  • 81 per cent of our research is considered world leading or internationally excellent
  • Top five in the Russell Group for research impact
  • Top ten in the UK for research impact
  • Top 15 in the UK overall

Sheffield University Management School is rounding up 2014 on a high.

Hot on the heels of EQUIS reaccreditation, which keeps us in the top one per cent of business/management schools globally, the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) has released excellent results for the School.

For the first time, we are in the top 15 business/management schools in the UK – a huge 81 per cent of our research is considered world leading or internationally excellent. Up two places from the previous assessment (RAE2008, =16th), this significant elevation is a reflection of our fantastic research environment, output and impact.

The School performed exceptionally well in its research impact, which is the demonstrable contribution that research makes to society and the economy. Sixty per cent of our research impact is considered ‘outstanding’ (4*), and the remainder ‘very considerable’ (3*). Impact is assessed on its reach and significance, so we are pleased to have seen such outstanding achievements in this category – with our core research themes of sustainability and socially responsible work practices and processes, it is evident that our academics are making a significant contribution to the world.

Associate Dean for Research, Professor Pauline Dibben, said: “We are delighted with our REF2014 results. They have cemented our strong end to the year, following news of our EQUIS reaccreditation, and truly reflect what the Management School does well.

“We have a clear focus on social responsibility, strong ethics and integrity – qualities also noted by EQUIS. It is what we do, and who we are. These attributes also contributed to the score for our research environment, that was ranked 3 and 4*.

“We provide an internationally excellent environment in which our academics are supported to produce world leading research.”

The Management School has achieved a great deal in the years leading up to 2014, and this month the hard work and determination has come to fruition. Dean of the Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “To achieve such great success in both the REF and through our EQUIS reaccreditation in one week marks us out as one of the most outstanding and improving Schools in the UK, with a truly global reach and significance.  I am delighted with these results which are a testament to the dedication, commitment and quality of everyone who works in the School.”

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