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REF 2021: President leads Cambridge’s Architecture Department to first place

12 May 2022 Fellows

Clare Hall’s President, Professor Alan Short, has led the University of Cambridge’s Architecture submission to the top place in its discipline in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework – one of four Cambridge submissions ranked first across all UK universities. Professor Short chaired the Architecture Department’s REF team. 

Cambridge’s global reputation is recognised by the results of the REF, which is a major UK exercise to assess the quality of research at our universities. 93% of Cambridge’s overall submissions were rated as world-leading or internationally-excellent.

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, comments:

‘I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who has taken part in this year’s REF for all their hard work, which has led to this outstanding result. This is our most inclusive submission yet, and we have seen strong performances across the board, from Clinical Medicine and Earth Sciences through to Architecture, Sociology and Music.’

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and a Professorial Fellow of Clare Hall, adds:

‘These results highlight the strength of our research environment and outputs, and the significant impact that our research has across the world. They demonstrate Cambridge’s leadership across a wide range of disciplines. They are testament to the imagination, visionary thinking and hard work of Cambridge researchers, who, with their many partners around the world, are making a real difference to people’s lives.’