Research and knowledge exchange

Overview of the University of Sussex REF2014 results

Over 75% of research activity at the University of Sussex was categorised as world leading or internationally excellent by the REF2014. Many of the University's research areas were ranked amongst the UK’s leading research units in their fields.

Overall, the University was placed 36th in the UK for its research quality.*

(*Based on Grade Point Average (GPA); includes multi-disciplinary institutions only.)

Many areas of Sussex were ranked amongst the UK’s leading research units in their fields. The following fields of study all appeared in the UK top 15: 

  • Psychology
  • Biological Sciences (most of Life Sciences)
  • International Relations
  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies (Politics)
  • English
  • History and
  • Media & Film 

 Highlights from REF2014

  • The History submission was the highest-rated of any UK history department for the quality of its outputs
  • Psychology and Biological Sciences (both of which included elements of Brighton and Sussex Medical School) were ranked in the top ten amongst the UK's leading research units
  • In Psychology, almost all (84%) the research impact submitted was rated as 4* (the highest grade)
  • Sussex Geography had the most 4* rated research impact of any UK Geography submission
  • The English submission rose from 31st to 9th across the UK since RAE2008

 Read a more detailed description and breakdown of the REF2014 results