REF 2021: Art and design: history, practice and theory

The University of Oxford came top with Birkbeck also moving up the rankings

May 12, 2022

In the art and design: history, practice and theory unit of assessment, the University of Oxford came top with a GPA of 3.85, a big jump from 2014, when it ranked joint 36th with a GPA of 2.92. Another big mover was Birkbeck, University of London, which climbed from 38th place to fourth with a GPA of 3.62, up from 2.91.

Improvements in other universities’ scores meant that the institution that ranked first in 2014 – the University of Reading – dropped to joint 10th this time despite marginally improving its own GPA, from 3.51 to 3.55.

At a national level the Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory UoA has a GPA of 3.12, with 37 per cent of its submission rated 4*. 2607.19 FTE staff were submitted to this UoA. 

RankInstitutionFTE enteredGPAGPA 2014Rank 2014Research power (indexed)RP rankMarket share (%)


See here for full Art and design: history, practice and theory results

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