100% of Falmouth University’s research impact case studies and 63% of its research outputs have been rated as being world-leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*) in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021).

The results show the university’s progress since REF2014 and represent a significant step forward for the institution, which this year marks only its tenth anniversary since becoming a university.

Vice chancellor, Professor Emma Hunt, said: “We are delighted by these results and very proud of our staff. To achieve such an outcome only a decade after getting its university title status is testament to Falmouth’s talented and committed staff and the immense hard work they put into this submission.

“Located in Cornwall, a place with long-standing economic and societal challenges, we are committed to our civic role as an anchor institution and to driving local transformational change. It’s therefore fantastic that that our impact case studies, all of which were focussed on tackling issues facing rural regions like Cornwall, such as wellbeing, productivity and growth, were recognised as being outstanding, or having considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance.

“All of our outputs were submitted in only one Unit of Assessment; Art and Design, reflecting our core focus on creativity. I’m delighted that so much of our activity was recognised as nationally and internationally significant, demonstrating the growing recognition of the relevance and importance of art and design research.”


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