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REF 2014: EaStCHEM comes top in Scotland and second in the UK power tables

Thursday 18 December 2014

EaStCHEM, the joint School of Chemistry between the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, has been ranked 2nd out of 35 submissions in the REF-2014 listing as judged by the Power Table and EaStCHEM was placed top for Chemistry research in Scotland. The Power Table is used by Government for allocating the level of resource to support research activity in Departments of Chemistry within UK Universities. This is particularly impressive as 99 % of our academic staff were included and the assessment indicates a research intensity second only to Oxford from 35 other submissions.

Overall, 95 %, of our research was judged to be 4* or 3* (on a 1* to 4* scale); that is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This can be compared with just 70 % in the last assessment (RAE-2008). The EaStCHEM School of Chemistry is among the largest in the UK with over 80 research academics, and thus this level of performance illustrates the breadth, strength and quality of our research activity.