SOAS University of London

SOAS’ School of Arts among UK elite for research quality

18 December 2014

The research of the School of Arts at SOAS, University of London, has been ranked in the UK top ten in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The quality of its research outputs was especially highly regarded, that of the Department of Music being placed first nationally and that of the Department of History of Art and Archaeology fourth. These are truly outstanding results, underlining the international reputations of these Departments.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) is carried out every six to seven years by the UK Government to assess the quality of research carried out in UK Higher Education Institutions. Today, 18 December 2014, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published the results of the submissions made by SOAS to 10 subject panels.

SOAS’ School of Arts brings together the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, the Department of Music and the Centre for Media Studies.  It is the main centre in the UK for study into visual and sound arts, material and intangible culture, and media industries of Asia and Africa, the Middle East, and their diasporas. It is one of the very few centres in the world which specialises in the vital and increasingly important developments taking place in the cultural industries of the non-Western world.

Professor Anna Contadini, Head of the School of Arts, said: ‘We are delighted that the research excellence of the SOAS’ School of Arts has been recognised in REF 2014. These outstanding results demonstrate the continuing strengths of our constituent Departments, strengths that the School of Arts will build on through disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary innovation in the future.’