Local MP Hails World-Class University Research


Categories: Constituency, University of Stirling

University of Stirling in Top 5 in Scotland for Research Impact

Stirling MP Alyn Smith has praised the ongoing research efforts at the University of Stirling, as the local institution continues to top national polls for impact and excellence.

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework is used to assess performance across the UK. Stirling’s highlights in the REF 2021 report include:

  • 87% of the University’s research has an outstanding or very considerable impact on society.
  • More than 80% of the University’s research is categorised as either world leading or internationally excellent.
  • The University’s Institute of Aquaculture ranked first in the UK, in the field of Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science, for impact – with 100% of its research having outstanding impact, the highest possible rating.
  • All research (100%) from Biological and Environmental Sciences rated as having either outstanding or very considerable impact – ranking it joint 12th in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies.
  • Social Sciences also performed well – ranking third in Scotland and 23rd in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy – with 88% of research deemed world leading or internationally excellent.

Analysis of the REF results from Times Higher Education places the University of Stirling in the top 5 for research impact, tying with the University of St Andrews in fourth place. Stirling ranks 43rd across the UK overall, joint with St Andrews and Royal Holloway: University of London.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘As ever, the University of Stirling continues to put Stirling on the map and showcase research excellence on the national and international stage. We can take great pride in these REF results, which stand testament to the vision and drive of staff, students and researchers in pushing forward innovation, research and learning.

‘I’m delighted to see Stirling’s sustained focus on research continue to reap dividends. As a city and wider Council area, we’re extremely fortunate to have such a world-class institute on our doorstep. Education plays a central role in our modern economy and society, and I’m confident the University of Stirling will be the engine which helps to drive forward wider economic and social ambitions. My congratulations go to Professor Sir Gerry McCormac and his team.’