Research Excellence Framework (REF)
In REF 2014 the RCA was assessed as the highest ranking UK specialist art and design institution in terms of 4* research overall, at 37 per cent.
The College made a submission to the UK Higher Education Funding Council Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 in November 2013. The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in higher education institutions in the UK, and replaced the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The REF was a process of expert review. Expert sub-panels for each of 36 units of assessment (UOAs) carried out the assessment during 2014, working under the leadership and guidance of four main panels. The RCA was returned to UOA 34 – Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice.
REF 2014 Results
The RCA was assessed as the highest ranking UK specialist art and design institution in terms of 4* research overall, at 37 per cent.
A further 40 per cent of Royal College of Art research was rated as 3*, meaning that in total, 77 per cent of the College’s research was assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This represents a 12 point increase on the College’s RAE 2008 results.
At 65 per cent of eligible staff, the RCA also submitted the highest proportion of staff by far, significantly more than any other multidisciplinary university of art and design.
The College’s REF 2014 submission also embraced the work of researchers at all levels of their career, from world-class professors to early-career researchers. As befits a mature research culture, 100 per cent of the College’s was assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
For more information, see Royal College of Art Consolidates Position as Britain's Leading Specialist Art and Design University
The College’s Code of Practice on the Selection of Staff for REF 2014 sets out the steps the College took to achieve equality in the selection of academic staff for inclusion within the RCA REF2014 submission.
REF 2014 Impact Case Studies
RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design Shapes Policy, Methods and Ethics for Inclusive Design
RCA Vehicle Design Produces Sustained Vision for Future Urban Mobility
Peter Kennard’s Research Takes Photomontage into Twenty-first Century
Cross-Cultural Dialogue Demonstrates Impact in Contemporary Ceramics
RCA Leads Way in Multidisciplinary User-Centred Design Solutions for Patient Safety
‘Critical and Speculative Design Traditions’ Have Revolutionised What is Meant By Design
Cold War Modern. Design 1945–1970 Transforms Curation and Collection of Twentieth-century Design