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University of Oxford is leading research body - report

By Laurence Mcclenaghan
24 May 2022

Oxford University has the largest volume of world-leading research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 has found.

The REF is a system for assessing research in UK higher education institutions. The 2021 report on UK universities was published this month.

The University of Oxford made the largest submission of any Higher Education Institution in the UK, submitting over 3,600 researchers into 29 subject areas. Oxford also submitted more than 8,500 research outputs in a range of formats from journal articles to compositions, and 220 case studies about the impact of Oxford research beyond academia.

Professor Patrick Grant, pro-vice chancellor for research at the University of Oxford, added: “Thank you to everyone involved in the submission — both those who, in a variety of ways, led and supported our research and impact activities, and also the many colleagues who coordinated the submission itself.”