Evaluating the data

How is research quality evaluated?

The University submits information on research outputs over the past few years. These include journal papers, books, conference proceedings and non-traditional research outputs such as translations, exhibitions and creative works. We also provide information on the applications of our research, which may include patents and commercial income. In addition to our research, our researchers themselves are evaluated by esteem measures that include competitive fellowships and memberships of academies.

Research quality is evaluated in groups defined by 2-digit and 4-digit Field of Research (FoR) codes. The final report of the University’s research quality will rate the performance in each FoR code against a world standard, using a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 is research at world standard; a 4 is research above world standard; and a 5 is research well above world standard.