School of Business and Economics


16 May 2022

REF 2021: 86% of our Business and Management research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’

The results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published 12 May, show that 86% of Loughborough University School of Business and Economics' research is now ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’.

The REF is the system through which the quality of research in UK universities is assessed.

The results particularly underline the wide-ranging positive impacts that Loughborough’s research has on the world. Here, 83% of The School’s research has ‘outstanding’ or of ‘very considerable’ impact in terms of its reach and significance – another increase on 2014.

Speaking about the latest REF results, Loughborough Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Jennings, said: “Quite simply, these results are exceptional for us. We’ve seen one of the largest increases in the sector in the proportion of research classed as ‘world-leading’, and our results underline the tangible impact our research is having on the world. We’re making a real difference to the lives of people all around the globe.

“Many colleagues across our community have been involved in the REF in some way, and I am extremely grateful for their contribution. You should be proud of what we have achieved.”

Read more about the University's results.