Our reputation

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15th in the world for Transportation Science and Technology – Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020

The Institute for Transport Studies is one of the UK's leading departments for transport teaching and research. We deliver internationally excellent research outputs, which impact upon transport policy and practice, and contribute to the wider economy and society. We have a diverse international community and a global alumni network spanning 58 countries to date.

The School is led by Direct of the Institute Professor Simon Shepherd, supported by Dr Eva Heinen Director of Research and Innovation and Frances Hodgson Director of Student Education.

We are continually committed to meeting the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard and improve the quality management of our research, development and consultancy contracts.

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. 

The Institute for Transport Studies was assessed by the Civil and Construction Engineering sub-panel, as part of a joint submission with the University’s School of Civil Engineering.

  • 3.04 overall research quality profile
  • 7th in the UK for research quality
  • 2nd nationally for research power
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 92% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 85% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 80% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’