The Information School at the University of Sheffield - the UK's 1st iSchool
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Information School classed as World Leading in REF 2014
The Information School has achieved top positions in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for research environment and for the impact of our research, based on the combined 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) categories. The results, published on 18 December 2014, show that 100% of our research environment was judged to be of world-leading quality and 100% of our research impact was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The School was assessed alongside 66 units from different universities across the UK who conduct research in the areas of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies and Library and Information Management. This effectively represents the merger of two distinct units of assessment from previous Research Assessment Exercises, where the School was consistently in top position amongst a much smaller set of Library and Information Management departments.
Professor Val Gillet, Head of School, said "This is an excellent outcome for the School in which we continue to hold top position for significant aspects of our research. We are especially proud that we continue to be the best School in the UK to conduct research in the library and information field.”