Our reputation

Undergraduate students

Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research in climate and extreme weather

The School of Earth and Environment has expertise in areas ranging from geology and geophysics, environmental science, meteorology and climate science, to environmental social science together under one roof. We have just over 1,100 students from almost 80 countries studying with us.

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

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Academic excellence

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

The School of Earth and Environment has an excellent reputation for world-class research and innovative teaching. As recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021).

Unit of assessment: Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

  • Our research environment was judged to be conducive to producing research of world-leading or internationally excellent quality, and enabling outstanding impact in terms of its vitality and sustainability.
  • Overall, 96% of research activity across our UoA is rated as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • 95% of our outputs (publications) were determined to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.  
  • 94% of our impact case studies had outstanding or very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance.  
  • #1 for first for research power – Times Higher Education – ‘research power’ is the overall quality of our submission (defined here by the Grade Point Average (GPA)), multiplied by the full-time equivalent number of researchers submitted. 

Gender equality

We have been commended for our strong and continued commitment to gender equality in the form of a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver award