Research highlights

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Since REF 2014, the School completed its most significant programme of growth, specifically targeted towards sustaining our research base, recruiting and developing 25 tenure-track fellows in new areas of endeavour, and training 340 post-graduate research students. 20% of the publications we submitted to REF included a School Postgraduate research (PGR) student as the lead or co-author.

Our excellent REF results in REF 2021 reflect the outstanding contribution and commitment of all our academic staff, including our early career academics and researchers, research support and technical staff.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 93% of the University of Leeds’s Geography research submitted was rated as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This was due to us having:

Delivered impactful research 

Taken leadership roles in major collaborations

Grown our interdisciplinary research

Supported our staff and postgraduate researchers