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We embed research in all of our activities, ensuring that students and staff benefit from and contribute to vibrant subject communities, engaged in fundamental and applied research.

With six dedicated research priority areas, our research has a real world impact.

We’re proud of our performance in the recent 2021 Research Excellence Framework, having made 13 submissions to 13 Units of Assessment (UOA), more than doubling the number of subject areas submitted to the last REF in 2014.

Research submitted in each of our research areas was judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), with a selection of research outputs judged as world leading.

As a student-centred, learning-led university, we believe that the creation and application of new knowledge is fundamental to our mission.​​

Our research and professional practice has impact for society and business, informing our curriculum and enhancing learning opportunities for our students.

Our students are involved in the development and application of new knowledge, working collaboratively with staff and other students. In our view, this is a defining feature of an excellent higher education experience.

For direct access to our research, visit our research repository.

​Each of our academic schools​​ contribute to our learning-led, research-informed environment.

We embed research in all our activities, ensuring students and staff benefit from and contribute to vibrant subject communities, engaged in fundamental and applied research.

Our six Research Priority Areas build on our strengths and recognise the opportunities we have to contribute to contemporary challenges.

The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

We are a signatory to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. ​We have agreed to an action plan to further improve, and the progress against this plan will be reviewed by Council annually.  

Our academic staff ensure research is conducted in every subject for the benefit of the learning of our students and to have a positive impact on society. We support them in this important aspect of their work through creating an environment in which they can thrive.

The Academic Development Unit (ADU) supports the implementation of the Education Strategy, working in close partnership with all academic schools and professional departments, covering learning & teaching and research & practice, and the development of the subject communities that our students and academic staff join.


If you have any questions about research at the University of Gloucestershire, please contact the Academic Development Unit.

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