School of Computing

REF 2014

Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Computer Science and Informatics

REF 2014

We are delighted with the outcome of the REF 2014 for Unit of Assessment 11 'Computer Science and Informatics'.

This is a significant achievement in comparison to RAE 2008 despite returning a similar number of researchers. We are particularly proud of the positive evaluation of our Impact Case Studies, and this clearly asserts our strategy to focus not only on developing the underpinning science but also to build our portfolio of applied research to have impact on society.

This REF submission reflects the core strengths of research in computer science and informatics that spans many departments in the University of Portsmouth. We returned three broad research themes: Computational Intelligence, Health Informatics and Networking and Security.

A significant proportion of researchers are at an early stage of their academic career and this result is a vindication of the quality and standard that they have already accomplished. These achievements are the start of a long journey for the team to drive the progress and to engender more success in the future.

  • 100% of  our impact was rated as either outstanding (4*) 40% or as being very considerable in terms of reach and significance (3*) 60%.  We are rated first nationally for 4*/3* impact.
  • Top overall world-leading research 4* amongst post-92 universities and University Alliance group.
  • 20% of our research was rated world leading (4*) and 64% either world leading or internationally excellent. This compares to 5% 4* and 20% either world class or internationally excellent in RAE2008
  • 19% of our research outputs were rated world leading (4*) and 60% either leading of internationally excellent.
  • The average GPA increased by 48% from 1.9 in 2008 to 2.81 in 2014.
  • Nationally, we have progressed from Q4 in 2008 to Q2 in 2014.

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