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Swansea University

The publication of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) results (12 May) shows that Swansea University has improved the proportion of its world-leading and internationally excellent research. In the 2021 assessment, 86% of the University’s overall research was rated as 4*, (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) - up from 80% in the previous REF exercise in 2014.

REF2021 provides a national picture of research quality in Universities across the UK. Swansea was one of 157 UK institutions who participated in REF2021, where quality of published research, wider impact and benefits of research and the quality of the research environment were assessed. Each university’s submission was assessed by a series of expert panels comprising UK and international researchers, external users of research and experts in interdisciplinary research.

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Through identifying, developing, and combining emerging research areas, we break new ground to make space for ideas to grow, and define and accelerate areas of life changing research.

Our dynamic, supportive and driven researchers work across subjects, to become a catalyst for change. We value our collaborative partnerships with other Universities, anchor companies, SMEs, public bodies, third sector organisations and industry, working together towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a better world.

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