Our reputation

Student experience

16th in the world for Geography – ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020

The School of Geography is globally renowned for the quality of its research, and the funding it attracts, meaning we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. Our academics are internationally renowned and working at the top of their fields – at the forefront of knowledge and thinking. 

The School is led by Head of School Professor Robert M Vanderbeck, supported by Professor Lee Brown Director of Research and Innovation and Dr Clare Woulds Director of Student Education.

Our achievements

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

  • 3.07 overall research quality profile
  • 5th in the UK for research power
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • Over 70% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • Over 75% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • Over 70% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’