Queen’s University Belfast and Brunel and Loughborough universities are three of the biggest winners when their quality scores in the research excellence framework are weighted for research intensity.
All three universities rank relatively low down among research-intensives when institutions are ranked solely on the basis of the standard grade point average of their REF results (see the methodology here for an explanation of GPA).
But when GPA is multiplied by the fraction of eligible staff submitted by each institution, these three universities rise up at least 30 places, having submitting relatively high proportions of their staff.
Queen’s University Belfast rises highest, from joint 42nd to joint eighth.
Notable institutions to fall away from the upper ranks on this score include Queen Mary University of London, down from joint 11th to joint 34th, and Cardiff University, down from 6th to 50th.
Figures on the proportion of eligible staff submitted are calculated by dividing the number submitted – reported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England – by the number eligible to be submitted – supplied by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The latter figures were unavailable when Times Higher Education went to press with its main rankings, which use GPA and ‘research power’ as the primary indicators.