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REF results: 95% of LSBU research submissions at least ‘internationally recognised’ & 68% are ‘world leading’ / ‘internationally excellent’

11 May 2022

New Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results for UK universities were published today and showed 68% of the research submission by London South Bank University (LSBU) was ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, a 14% rise from 2014. The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education. The last REF results were published in 2014.

Professor Taraneh Dean, LSBU Provost, said, “We are proud that the hard work of LSBU researchers has led to 68% of our Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission being classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, a 14% rise from 2014. And I am delighted to see LSBU’s overall score for all of our submissions to REF increase from 2.52 in 2014 to 2.78 in 2021. In the past year LSBU’s cutting-edge research has made: world-first discoveries about vaping and smoking, launched world-first research on new ways of storing hydrogen power and has found 37% of people with diabetes who took a home urine test had abnormal protein levels. These encouraging REF 2021 results will help shape LSBU’s vision for consistently high performing research to transform the lives of individuals, our communities, businesses and society”.

Examples of LSBU research from 2021: