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REF2014: St Andrews demonstrates excellence in management research

REF 2014 logoThe School of Management University of St Andrews has delivered an excellent performance in the 2014 REF. The School was placed 13th in the UK (out of 101 submissions) and second in Scotland (within a whisker of the much larger business school at Strathclyde). Overall, the School was rated as having 38% of its work as 'world leading' and a further 40% as 'internationally excellent'.

A particular highlight for the School was its performance on 'research impact': here, almost three-quarters of our work was rated as 'world leading', placing us 4th out of the 101 submissions in the UK.

The School has shown impressive improvement since the last such exercise (RAE 2008). Our GPA (Grade Point Average) has increased from 2.65 to 3.14, and the proportion of our work scored in the highest two categories has increased from 60% to 78%. As a result, we moved from 19th in the UK in 2008, to 13th place in 2014.

To put this in a national context, almost all the business and management schools that scored well in this exercise (i.e. the top quartile) are considerably larger than the School at St Andrews (3-6 times larger in many cases). Also, many of these high-scoring Schools achieved excellent grades by submitting only a part of their staff (typically excluding 25-50% of eligible academics).

We are particularly pleased that our excellent grades were achieved in a small and collegiate School, and through a policy of inclusivity (85% of eligible academics from this School were submitted to the exercise).

Furthermore, we have accomplished this research success in a context where we deliver the University’s largest PGT programme, have a high proportion of Early Career Researchers, make one of the largest financial returns to the University, and consistently achieve very strong student satisfaction in national surveys.

We are proud that this particular aspect of our activities has been so well recognised (alongside our other major contributions in teaching and engagement), and we would emphasise that such success draws on the talents and skills from all staff across the School.

See University of St Andrews press release, "Research Excellence Framework 2014 results".