King’s maintains position among world’s best universities for research excellence and power

King’s College London

King’s has today maintained its position among the world’s best universities for research excellence and power, reflective of the depth of quality, breadth of research and the ways that research is benefitting society – in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

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King’s increased its percentage of world leading research (4* rated) to 55.1% and maintained its sixth position for ‘research power’. King’s has also been rated third in the UK amongst multidisciplinary institutions for impact, with 67.8% of its research impact rated outstanding. In addition, King’s was the top rated university in two Units of Assessment – Allied Health and Classics, with Chemistry achieving the highest score for impact and King’s Business School scoring among the top ten Schools in the country.

For this submission, King’s included 2008 members of staff in 25 units of assessment and 4399 outputs of 16 different types, covering journal articles, monographs, compositions, patents and websites. The 137 impact case studies which were included, covered the breadth and depth of the university’s research from innovations in healthcare which have saved thousands of lives, cultural impacts which have transformed public understanding, to impacts which have changed government policies, laws or advice. Examples include migraine research which has produced five new affordable drugs to help the 1 billion people globally who suffer, pregnancy research helping to alleviate the 20 million births around the world which are affected by serious pregnancy complications, research into wildfires by mapping, monitoring and understanding where they occur to help communities protect themselves and enabling policymakers to develop legislation that protects victims of modern slavery and holds those responsible accountable.

Today’s results are down to the incredible hard work and dedication from everybody at King’s, with professional services and academic colleagues working together to make significant and impressive achievements. The 137 impact case studies we included in the submission speak to the very heart of our mission as a university to make a defining contribution to knowledge with purpose that is benefitting society. We look forward to continuing to build on these achievements to help ensure that as a university we will continue to drive forward education, discovery and global impact, and are able to meet the needs of our students and society for many years to come.– Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal of King’s College London

I am very proud of today’s results which reflect the strength of the interdisciplinary nature of our research, encapsulating vital contributions from early-career researchers and beyond, as well as the vibrant research culture we foster at King’s.– Professor Reza Razavi, Vice-President & Vice-Principal (Research) at King’s College London

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