REF 2014 Results

2014 Research Excellence Framework

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering

REF 2014

Results from REF2014 highlight the significant growth in research in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portsmouth since RAE2008. They reflect the strategic staff recruitment and development that have enabled the number of staff included in the submission to increase by 64% when compared to RAE2008.

Our submission was based on four key research themes - Materials and Structural Integrity, Biomechanical Engineering, Polymer and Composites, Thermo-Fluid, Energy and Manufacturing Engineering - which bring together a broad range of expertise at the University of Portsmouth. Importantly, we have made a significant number of new academic staff appointments at all levels in these areas.  In doing so we have significantly increased the number of early career researchers; and doubled the number of female staff submitted in comparison to that in RAE2008. This has provided a good foundation for future strategic research planning and development.


  • Ranked third overall out of new universities submitted in this Unit.
  • 61% of our research outputs were rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 50% of our research overall was rated as either world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 50% of our impact was rated as having very considerable reach and significance.

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Computer Science and Informatics

The School of Engineering also contributed with four full-time-equivalent academic staff and one Impact Case Study to the University's submission to Unit of Assessment 11: Computer Science and Informatics.

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