The academic strategy at York St John University promotes interdisciplinary research and aims to develop critical mass in areas of research strength in each of its four disciplines. The key aims of the institution are to attract increasing numbers of PhD students, research-active staff and external research funding to develop a research culture which will secure a national and, ultimately, an international research reputation.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), thirty per cent of York St John University’s submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The University has made a major leap forwards in its research performance since the last time it was evaluated in 2008 with significantly higher ratings across all submitted subject areas. The number of Units of Assessment which York St John University submitted work in has grown from seven subject areas in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, the predecessor to the REF) to nine in the 2014 REF, with the number of staff submitted increasing by 50 per cent. The University has supervised research degree students since 1994 and was awarded Research Degree Awarding Powers in 2015.
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