Glasgow Caledonian University Research Strength Affirmed
Research strengths reaffirmed
GCU’s position as a world-class research institution has been reaffirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results.
REF, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, ranked the University in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards, rated its Social Work and Social Policy research impact in the top 10 in the UK and ranked the impact of its research in the Built Environment in the UK’s top 20.
The results demonstrated that 89% of the University’s research activity in Allied Health Professions is in the highest categories of world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Overall, the University is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for health research at world-leading and internationally excellent standards.
All of the University’s impact submission for Allied Health Professions was judged to be in the highest categories, ranking GCU as one of the leading universities in the UK for the societal impact of its applied research in health.
Research in areas including increasing HIV testing among vulnerable populations; healthcare associated infections; effective treatments for women with prolapse; and personalised foot orthoses highlight GCU’s significant impacts on health policy and services, commercial organisations and patients.
Almost two-thirds of GCU’s Social Work and Social Policy submission was rated world-leading and internationally excellent, with 80% of impact in this area rated at world-class levels. This research includes a significant impact on intimate partner violence practice in Scotland, including the development of new interventions for offenders, and challenging perceptions of poverty. The University’s Social Work and Social Policy impact case studies at world-leading levels ranked GCU as in the top 10 in the UK.
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