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REF2021 judges Lab4Living and Art, Design & Media research ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ for impact

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) results have now been released and REF2021 awards Lab4Living and ADMRC research 4* and 3* for impact. We are delighted to share results from the Art, Design & Media Research Centre (ADRMC) and Lab4Living which demonstrate the impact that our research is having on society, culture and the economy.

Key findings from REF2021:

  • 90% of our research is World leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*);
  • 83.3% of our impact case studies were judged to be World leading (4*);
  • 100% of our impact case studies were judged to be World leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*);
  • 100% of our research environment was judged to be World leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*).

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in UK higher education. The last REF was in 2014. ADMRC and Lab4Living submitted its research jointly to Unit of Assessment 32, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory.

The results confirm the Art, Design & Media Research Centre and Lab4Living as two of the strongest performing research centres in Sheffield Hallam University.

Overall, Sheffield Hallam University has been rated as 72% ‘world leading’ (4) and ‘internationally recognised’ (4).

Impact Case Studies

Three impact case studies formed a significant part (25%) of the ADMRC and Lab4Living’s joint REF2021 submission.

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Lab4Living

Research undertaken by Lab4Living has underpinned the development of a new generation of products for individuals living with long-term conditions. These have improved quality of life for people with motor neurone disease, cancer and dementia by promoting dignity and independence. This case study details impact in four areas:

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Prof Virginia Heath

How a film bringing 20th century Scotland to the screen has become a touchstone of Scottish identity

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Prof Lise Autogena

How a film about a planned uranium mine helped empower a small community in Greenland

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ADMRC Research Archive

Explore our Research Archive, providing detailed information on over 70 research projects from Art, Design and Media Research Centre and Lab4Living.

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