QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 80 - Page 8

Recognition for international research excellence A s u b s t a n t i a l percentage of Q M U ’s re s e a rc h has been rated as world leading or internationally excellent. This was the exciting news which was revealed by the recent R e s e a rc h E x c e l l e n c e Framework (REF 2014). REF 2014 is an important exercise which assesses the quality impact of UK higher education institutions’ research in all disciplines. The REF results, which were published in December 2014, clearly showed that QMU had achieved its best ever results with 58% of its overall research being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. 8 research facility (with 36% of its publications rated as world leading). 92% of the University’s speech research and impact rated as internationally excellent or world leading. Speech and Language Sciences is 2nd in the UK and 1st in Scotland for the proportion of research classed as internationally excellent or world leading (92%). How research makes an impact S ince its inception in 1875, QMU has always aimed to improve quality of life and to respond to some of the most pressing and current issues affecting society. As part of the Research Excellence Framework, QMU had the opportunity to demonstrate, through its case studies, how its research work is relevant and makes an impact – both locally on individuals and communities, as well as globally. Here are some impact case study highlights from REF 2014. The REF showed that QMU is now producing three times as many world leading publications than it did in 2008 and has moved up 49 places (since the last Research Assessment Exercise 2008) within the Times Higher Education rankings for research excellence. Psychology experts have been working to advance the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in education. The research is being used to tackle negative and discriminatory attitudes towards LGBT people in Scotland and to improve their opportunities and ultimately quality of life. Already recognised for outstanding work in speech sciences, the REF results confirmed that QMU’s Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre continues to be an internationally renowned This work has contributed greatly to a group set up by the Scottish Government to tackle the issues of discrimination against LGBT people in Scotland. Many recommendations from the research have been implemented by the Scottish Government. The research has helped shape policy and services in education, health and welfare for LGBT young people in Scotland and beyond. Including LGBT young people in education QMYOU / Research Excellence Framework