Our Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience submission to REF 2021 comprised 47 staff, more than double the number of staff we submitted in REF 2014, matched by the doubling and diversification of our research funding. This expansion supported our established international research strengths in forensic, comparative, evolutionary, developmental and ecological psychology, and allowed us to build critical mass in the areas of health and wellbeing.
We successfully broadened our postgraduate provision, increasing completions by 292% and developing a new multi-institution ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Programme. Our support mechanisms for postgraduates were sector leading, with top quartile scores, an overall satisfaction rate of 97% and progression rates well above average.
Results in REF 2021
- 70% of our overall research quality was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
- 100% of our impact case studies were rated as outstanding or very considerable in terms of their reach and significance.
- 62.5% of our research environment was rated as conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality and enabling very considerable impact, in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
Our research is enabled through four research groups:
The International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology has an established global reputation for conducting a broad range of criminological and forensic psychological research in areas including detecting deception, offender interventions, memory and decision-making in a forensic context.
The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology consists of a multidisciplinary team of psychologists (developmental, cognitive, social and biological) and behavioural biologists who study the evolutionary origins of mind and behaviour in humans and other species.
The Centre for Interaction, Development and Diversity has at its core a commitment to studying psychological phenomena in relation to the contexts and situations in which they emerge using a diverse range of methods and study populations.
The Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing Group aims to understand psychological and behavioural processes involved in health and wellbeing to produce practical solutions such as lifestyle changes and improvement in quality of life.
Impact case studies
We submitted four impact case studies that demonstrate that our research delivers clear societal benefits aligned to national and international priorities:
Collaborations and partnerships
Our academic collaborators include:
- CREST with the Universities of Lancaster, Bath, UCL, Central Lancashire, Stirling (investigative interviewing)
- FACEDIFF with the Nottingham Trent University, University of Liverpool and the MRC Centre for Macaques (facial expressivity)
- University of Southampton and University of Cardiff (care homes for older adults)
- EU funded research network across five countries (intersubjectivity)
Our non-academic collaborators include:
- FBI, CIA, NCA, UK police agencies
- UK Government: Ministry of Defence, Department of Health
- Office for Students, Education Endowment Foundation
- Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK
- Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, Macaca Nigra project, The Donkey Sanctuary