Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

REF 2014 assessed research in Higher Education Institutions across the United Kingdom.

The REF graded institutions on the quality of their outputs, their research environment and – for the first time – the impact their work has on society.

Duncan of Jordanstone performed excellently across all areas, featuring among the top 10 institutions in the UK for art and design research and first in Scotland for world-leading research.

We also had highest number of 4-star impacts in Scotland and the highest graded research environment of all Scottish art and design institutions.

UoA34 - Art and Design:History, Theory and Practice

ProfileFTE Cat. A staff4*3*2*1*U
Outputs 44.5 13.3 44.3 36.1 5.7 0.6
Impact 44.5 60 40 0 0 0
Environment 44.5 90 10 0 0 0
Overall 44.5 34 38 24 4 0
RAE2008 UoA63: Art and Design
Overall 52.4 35 20 25 20 0

In terms of impact, we made submissions in a number of areas, including:

  • Craniofacial Depiction for Forensic Identification and Archaeology
  • Making the Digital Economy Physical
  • REWIND, history, archival & curatorial practice
  • Underwater 3D Visualisation
  • V&A Dundee - Design, Industry and the Cultural Economy

The REF judged our research environment, including underlying support and infrastructure, external income, and PhD performance, all at either 3 or 4-star levels.

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