Research Impact

Agricultural and veterinary research at SRUC and the University of Edinburgh has been ranked as most powerful in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Building on a long history of collaboration and complementary activities, SRUC and the University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies – which includes The Roslin Institute - made a joint REF submission.

Three quarters of the research and related activity submitted by SRUC/UoE was judged to be “world leading” (receiving the top REF grading of four star) or “internationally excellent” (three star).

Research ‘power’ is an overarching measure of research quality and volume which ultimately influences the allocation of funding to HEIs by the UK’s Higher Education Funding Councils. The collective strength and depth of agricultural and veterinary research at SRUC and the University is reflected in its top research power ranking.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) was used to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs). It is a process of expert review that replaced the Research Assessment Exercise, and was completed in 2014 by the four UK higher education funding bodies.