Based on the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014), the University of Reading ranked 4th in the UK for research power in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences^.
79% of our research was ranked in the world-leading and internationally excellent categories, and our scores were well above the sector average for research impact and research environment. All impact case studies were ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published the results of its Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 on 18 December 2014. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the method for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) held approximately every six years.
For more information on the University's results, please see: Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
Our strong research environment focuses on key issues at home and abroad, from the social and economic impact of developments in the UK, to studies of Brazilian rainforests, Caribbean towns and livelihoods in Africa. We work with business and industry, charities and non-governmental organisations, and link with other departments whose expertise provide a diverse and stimulating research environment.
Respected research in a number of key areas including: soil science; hydrology; climate science; landscape and landforms; caring societies; environment, resilience and transformation; and the theory and practice of participation and social impact.
Our research groups
Our staff belong to either of the following research groups:
Also based in the department are the following research centres:
Public lectures and seminars
Each year we host a public lecture by a guest speaker, funded by a bequest made by Norma Wilkinson, a University of Reading alumna.
Speakers (visiting and from within the University) present their latest research at seminars held in the department in the spring and autumn terms. Details are given on our events page.^Research Fortnight's Analysis Power Rankings, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014