Research at the University of Wolverhampton is at its highest ever level according to a national assessment of research quality, published today.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF 2021) evaluates the quality and impact of research at UK universities across all disciplines.

It grades research from nationally recognised (1*) to world-leading (4*) and was last carried out in 2014.

Since then, the University of Wolverhampton has significantly grown its research and submitted 4 new subject areas and 75% more staff than in REF2014. The results that were published today show that more than half of its research is judged as internationally excellent (3*) and world-leading (4*).

Professor Silke Machold, Dean of Research at the University of Wolverhampton said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome of today’s results.

“We have fantastic research in all our schools and institutes, which is making a real difference to people’s lives. It’s rewarding to see this work nationally recognised.

“It’s the largest and most inclusive submission we have had to date and I’m so pleased to see our scores have significantly improved across the University.”

Professor Ian Campbell, Interim Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton said: “The outcome of the REF is closely aligned to our vision to transform our place through inclusive student success and world-class research – and today’s result truly reflects that vision.

“I’m so pleased to see that REF2021 has highlighted the world-class work we do within the institution.

“Our research has an impact on business, industry, and society, and our students will continue to benefit from high-quality research-informed teaching.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to this fantastic achievement.”

Sixteen subject areas submitted has elements of world-leading research, amongst which featured research on changing perceptions of the Black Country, eliminating gender and race discrimination and improving health outcomes for all.

Among the areas to be classed as ‘world-leading’ quality is Professor Sebastian Groes’ research exploring the link between smell and memory.