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Department of Psychology

REF 2014

Department of Psychology celebrates excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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We are a thriving, research intensive department, conducting world class research across many areas of psychology including autism, memory, decision making and cognitive neuroscience. Students learn from active researchers and expert practitioners in range of innovative degree programmes.

The department is ranked 2nd in London and among the top 25% in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2015, and ranked top 200 in the world and top 30 in the UK by the QS World University Rankings.

Students learn from and work with leading academics and skilled practitioners, and we have consistently high student satisfaction, achieving 84% overall satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).

The department produces research that is rated as being well within the top third of UK institutions (REF 2014). Investment in recruiting researchers with established, recognised expertise over recent years has allowed the department to expand substantially, fostering a dynamic environment for research and learning.


The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 for the Psychology Department show a marked improvement, compared to the last assessment round (Research Assessment Exercise, RAE, 2008). In REF2014 we returned 28 FTE (over 30 individual members of staff) and 67% of our research was rated at the top 4* or 3* categories. In RAE2008, we returned 10.8 FTE and 50% of our research was rated in these categories. Currently, the results of REF2014 show the Psychology Department to have jumped to a ranking of 29 out of 82 relevant departments in the UK, compared to our ranking of 50/76 in RAE2008, according to the research power measure (which is based on both research quality and research volume). These results are encouraging for our effort to continue providing a supporting, vibrant research environment and research-led teaching through internationally recognised experts, across the entire department.

The department is led by Professor Martin Conway, one of the foremost world experts in the field of autobiographical memory.

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Professor Martin Conway