Researchers in the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) are a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary community, working across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and bringing together a unique blend of internationally well-connected scholars.
For the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), the current system to assess the quality of UK research, LSS submitted to two panels – ‘Area Studies’ and ‘Modern Languages and Linguistics’. The results released on 18 December 2014 ranked Aston amongst the leading institutions in the UK and achieved some particularly outstanding successes:
- Area Studies: 81% of the LSS submission has been judged as “world leading or internationally excellent”. This is the 3rd highest percentage in the UK for this unit of assessment.
- Modern Languages and Linguistics: 60% of the LSS submission has been awarded the highest marks (4*) for research impact. This is the highest 4* percentage in the West Midlands, and places Aston within the top 10 for this unit of assessment regarding impact.
- Area Studies: The submission is ranked 5th out of 23 institutions in the UK for Area Studies in the overall REF 2014 rankings.
- Modern Languages and Linguistics: 100% of the LSS submission to this panel has been awarded 4* or 3* for research environment, ranking Aston joint 1st in the UK for this measure.