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Research priority areas

​​​​​​​​​​​​Our research priority areas are themes built on existing research strength and areas for investment in the future.

Established following REF2014, research priority areas provide the mechanism to distribute internal funding, ensuring targeted investment.

The research priority areas’ alignment to the units of assessment planned for submission to REF2027 is as follows:

Research priority areaREF2027 units of assessment
Applied Business and Technology12 – Engineering
17 – Business and Management Studies
Culture, Continuity and Transformation27 – English Language and Literature
28 – History
31 – Theology and Religious Studies
Creative Practice and Theory32 – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
34 – Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Place, Environment and Community13 – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
14 – Geography and Environmental Studies
Society and Learning21 – Sociology
23 – Education
Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing4 – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
24 – Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

A Health Unit of Assessment

The research priority areas’ alignment to the units of assessment submitted to REF2021 was as follows.

Research priority areaREF2021 units of assessment
Applied Business and Technology12 – Engineering
17 – Business and Management Studies
Being Human: Past, Present and Future27 – English Language and Literature
28 – History
31 – Theology and Religious Studies
32 – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
Creative Practice as Research32 – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
34 – Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Environmental Dynamics and Governance13 – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
14 – Geography and Environmental Studies
21 – Sociology
Learning and Professional Contexts23 – Education
Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing4 – Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
24 – Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

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