LJMU’s Astrophysics Research Institute will be rated the top five in the UK in space science based on the REF2021 results published today.
Research in Physics was adjudged to be 97% ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework, a national audit of university quality.
Professor Ian McCarthy, Head of Research at ARI said: ““We’re absolutely over-the-moon about the result, which firmly establishes LJMU among the elite in this discipline and is a credit to the hard work of our research community.”
The top five ranking is based on the fraction of ‘world leading’ (4*) research outputs.
Ian says the outstanding result reflects how the institute excels in ‘three pillars of astrophysics’; observations, theoretical research and the development of technology and instrumentation.
“We have a strongly collaborative environment which has enabled us to produce some of the most highly-cited articles in all of space science and attract competitive external grant income.
“Plus, we have a very high PhD completion rate with doctoral students going on to great careers in research, both in academia and in industry.”
“I must pay tribute to our PhDs, post-docs, permanent and technical staff and our public engagement groups, all of whom have been consistently excellent over the years.
“REF 2021 is the culmination of a decade of work for more than 100 individuals and we couldn’t be more proud of the result.”
He added that an outstanding REF2021 now lays a foundation for ambitious plans, including the development of a new high performance computing facility and the new robotic telescope.
For more information about REF, research projects and doctoral study at ARI, please contact Professor Ian McCarthy email@example.com.
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