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DERS retains its strong position in the REF 2021

Posted on 12 May 2022

The Department of Economics and Related Studies at York has strengthened its research performance across the board - including in research outputs, impact and environment - according to the latest Research Excellence Framework assessment.

96% of our submission was judged to be 3* or 4* - that is to say, internationally excellent or world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.  On this measure we are ranked 9th in the UK, as well as being 9th for research power, according to the Times Higher Education’s REF 2021 rankings for Economics and Econometrics.

Moreover, we are delighted to be ranked in the UK top 10 for the real-world impact of our research.  Our submitted impact case studies demonstrate how economists at York have made a difference in areas including how hospital waiting times can be reduced; how the NHS and other national healthcare providers should allocate spending on drugs, technologies and services; and the development of tools for complex forecasting by a wide range of public and commercial organisations at national and international levels.

In DERS we have always been proud of our research and its societal impact, and of our inclusive research environment, and to have these recognised again by the REF gives us a great sense of achievement.  We would like to say a huge “well done’’ to all our researchers and a sincere “thank you” to all of our colleagues, students and partners who enable our research and who contributed to a successful REF 2021 outcome.

 

Find out more about the University of York's REF 2021 results here.

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education providers. The REF was first carried out in 2014, replacing the previous Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008).  Under the REF a process of expert review is carried out across 34 subject-based Units of Assessment (UoAs).  The Department of Economics and Related Studies at York submitted almost entirely to UoA 16 Economics and Econometrics.  For each submission, three distinct elements are assessed: the quality of outputs (e.g. publications), their impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research.  The REF objectives are to provide accountability for public investment in research and produce evidence of the benefits of this investment; to provide benchmarking information and establish reputational yardsticks for use in the higher education sector and for public information; and to inform the allocation between institutions of an amount of government funding for research.

 

Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2022

Posted on 20 April 2022

Congratulations to Second Year Economics and Finance student Dominic Radley on being named a finalist for the Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2022 in the category Future Chief Financial Officer.

Congratulations to Second Year Economics and Finance student Dominic Radley on being named a finalist for the Undergraduate of the Year Awards 2022 in the category Future Chief Financial Officer.

The targetjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards is a competition open to students across the UK where they can win prizes such as placements, internships and trips abroad with internationally recognised organisations. This year there were 12 different awards that cover a range of academic subjects and skill sets and almost 4,000 students applied.

All entrants had to first complete an application, including essay style questions and bespoke online tests devised by SHL. On passing that stage students were either invited to a telephone interview or take part in an assessment centre. The winners will be announced on Friday 29th April. Good Luck Dominic!