Our reputation

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3rd in the UK for Civil Engineering, Guardian University Guide 2021 

The School of Civil Engineering is globally renowned for its teaching, research and engagement with industry and government. We’re one of the largest and longest established Civil Engineering schools in the UK with just over 50 staff and 1000 students from over 70 countries studying with us. 

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research, which means you will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the top of their fields.

The School is led by Professor Muhammed Basheer, Head of School, supported by Dr Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, Director of Research and Innovation, and Dr Andy Sleigh, Director of Student Education.

Our achievements 

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Civil and Construction Engineering

  • 3.04 overall quality profile
  • 7th in the UK for research quality
  • 2nd nationally for research power
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 92% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 85% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 80% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

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