OXFORD University has the largest volume of world-leading research, according to results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Results of the REF, which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, in 2021 for UK universities were published by the UK Funding Bodies last week.

The University of Oxford made the largest submission of any Higher Education Institution in the UK, submitting over 3,600 researchers into 29 subject areas.

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It also submitted more than 8,500 research outputs in a range of formats from journal articles to compositions, and 220 case studies about the impact of Oxford research beyond academia.

Professor Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor at the University of Oxford, said: “The REF 2021 results demonstrate once again that Oxford is a research powerhouse and the impact case studies highlight our effectiveness in putting this research in service to society by making critical contributions to global health, economic prosperity and cultural life.

‘The REF is one of the few opportunities to see the remarkable breadth of our research - I would like to thank everyone involved for their contribution.”

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Professor Patrick Grant, pro-vice chancellor for research at the University of Oxford, added: “Thank you to everyone involved in the submission — both those who, in a variety of ways, led and supported our research and impact activities, and also the many colleagues who coordinated the submission itself.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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