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We have identified four key strategic objectives for research at St Mary’s:

  1. Enhance our external standing in areas of existing strength by undertaking research that is consistently recognised as being at least internationally excellent
  2. Develop a critical mass of applied and impactful research which place St Mary’s in the heart of the community
  3. Establish a thriving and vibrant internal research culture throughout the university
  4. Produce research that is inclusive and diverse

The structural core of St Mary’s new Research Strategy that will enable us to achieve our key strategic objectives will be provided by our concentration upon research activity in five Research Excellence Pillars (REPs).

These Research Excellence Pillars are interdisciplinary fields of research that encompass our existing research strengths while including other, currently under-developed, research areas that we wish to nurture because they address important social challenges that align with St Mary’s vision, ethos, and values.

Read the full research strategy

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Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise.

The REF is undertaken by the four UK higher education funding bodies – Research England, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council forWales (HEFCW), and the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland (DfE).

Learn about REF 2021