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About our research

Our desire to create knowledge that will benefit society drives our active and diverse research agenda. Our research is useful, real-world research on issues affecting society both in the present and in the future.

The results from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirm the University of Reading's place as a world-leading research-intensive university. 98% of our research is internationally recognised, and 78% of our research is classed as internationally excellent. 27% of our research is world leading.

The REF places the University of Reading 27th in the UK by research power (out of 154 submitted institutions). Research power recognises both the quality and quantity of research submitted into the exercise.

Our research environment is important to us and we have significantly invested in new research centres and technology which keep Reading at the forefront of pioneering science.

Our research is funded through a variety of routes, including research council grants, charities, government agencies, the European Commission and enterprise and industrial partnerships. A key part of our approach is to engage and work collaboratively with other organisations and institutions around the world in order to make a significant contribution to societies' needs and to national and international policy agendas.

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