REF 2014 success for School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

18 December 2014


Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (UoA C16)

The strategic alliance between the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU) is committed to aligning research and knowledge exchange effectively across a full range of relevant disciplines.

The team (of 68) researchers from this alliance, jointly submitted under Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (UoA 16), have research expertise covering virtually all areas within this unit of assessment.

The submission was ranked first in Scotland and second in the UK on the comprehensive research power measure (volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research). The team scored strongly on the impact of its research and quality of our world class research environment. Two-thirds of research outputs were ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Examples of our impact are contributions to: a decline in ‘statutory homelessness' in England; WHO guidance on environmental design to achieve Age-Friendly Cities; award-winning design and technology to achieve a 30% reduction in the carbon footprint of concrete constructions; and demonstrating how refurbishment of existing domestic buildings can achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions.

   FTE  4*  3*  2*  1*  u/c  GPA  Power
 Overall  64.5  36%  37%  23%  4%  0%  3.05  196.7
 Outputs    23%  42%  29%  6%  0%    
 Impact    56%  21%  23%  0%  0%    
 Environment    63%  38%  0%  0%  0%    

Research Power score: second highest in UK


General Engineering (UoA B15)

Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF 2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.

This recognises the quality of our research, our impact upon economic and societal well-being and the environment provided for our researchers and students.

ERPE is the largest submission in the UK to the General Engineering assessment panel, achieving an overall Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.30 and a power rating (=GPA multiplied by the number of FTE academic staff submitted) of 662.0.

   FTE  4*  3*  2*  1*  u/c  GPA Power 
 Overall  200.6  36%  58%  6%  0%  0%  3.3  662.0
 Outputs    21%  70%  8%  0%  0%    
 Impact    60%  38%  2%  0%  0%    
 Environment    70%  30%  0%  0%  0%    

Research Power score: highest in UK