Skip to main content

Research – University of Reading

Show access keys
  • World-leading research

    Making a global impact


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.

Research specialisms

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:

^Research Fortnight's Analysis Power Rankings, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014

We use Javascript to improve your experience on, but it looks like yours is turned off. Everything will still work, but it is even more beautiful with Javascript in action. Find out more about why and how to turn it back on here.
We also use cookies to improve your time on the site, for more information please see our cookie policy.

Back to top