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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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Results from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 showed Cardiff Met produced world-leading research across its entire submission, with nearly two thirds of research outputs found to be Internationally Excellent or World Leading.


Cardiff Met made its largest and most inclusive submission ever, with four times as many staff submitted compared to the 2014 exercise


Submissions were made to five Units of Assessment with all containing World Leading research and including researchers from across all the University's Schools and Independent Research Centres


70% of our overall submission was rated Internationally Excellent or World Leading


Our submission to the Sport & Exercise Sciences, Tourism and Leisure Unit of Assessment was ranked within the top 10 in the UK, in terms of Research Power


Our submission to the Art & Design Unit of Assessment was ranked joint second in the UK on research impact


Almost 80% of our research impact was rated either Internationally Excellent or World Leading

Research Impact

Our research had far-reaching impacts – transforming lives, reducing injury and suffering, creating and saving jobs and delivering significant economic benefit. The case studies below highlight the impact our research has had.

HUG™ - transforming the life quality of people with advanced dementia

The application of design research into the therapeutic value of playful objects.

International Design Ecosystems

The impact of design research on the competitiveness of SMEs.

Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching (iTiLT)

Improving educators’ use of technology in language teaching across Europe and Eurasia.

New Curriculum in Wales

The impact of research on the upskilling of teachers to fundamentally transform the new Curriculum in Wales.

International Primate Heart Project

The impact of exercise science research on the health, welfare and survival of great apes.

Coach education and professional practice

Developing high-quality professional practice via collaborative research with coaches and professional practitioners.

Youth Physical Development

Research into the long-term athletic ability of children and adolescents has impacted national and international policy and practice.

Prevention and management of head injuries

The impact of injury surveillance research on the identification and prevention of head injuries in cricket and rugby union.

Food product development and compliance with food safety manufacturing standards

Research driven innovation in gluten-free product development.

Saving lives and limbs in Mauritius

The impact of the introduction of Peripheral Arterial Disease screening in Mauritius on people with Diabetes.

Food safety innovation and improvement

The impact of the work of KITE on the Welsh food and drink manufacturing sector.

The 20Twenty Leadership Programme and Construction Futures Wales

The impact of research informed leadership training on business performance and practice.

Organisational policy and practice in sports settings

Innovative evaluation research methods leading to changes in organisational policy and practice.

Contemporary Operations Management Paradigms (COMPS)

The application of COMPS in business settings and its positive impact on performance and efficiency.