REF 2014 Results

REF 2014 Results

Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.

This recognises the quality of our research, our impact upon economic and societal well-being and the environment provided for our researchers and students.

ERPE is the largest submission in the UK to the General Engineering assessment panel, achieving an overall Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.30 and a power rating (=GPA multiplied by the number of FTE academic staff
submitted) of 662.

REF 2014 Results

Note on ERPE

The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE) capitalises upon
the complementary nature of engineering research at Heriot-Watt University
(HWU) and the University of Edinburgh (UoE). Staff contributing to ERPE are
employed by three administrative units; the Schools of Engineering and
Physical Sciences (HWU), Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society,
(HWU) and Engineering (UoE). These provide a coherent structure for staff
management and financial planning. Research activity cuts across School and
Institute boundaries and is organised in four overarching
themes:

• Infrastructure and Environment;
• Energy and Resource Management;
• Manufacturing and Materials; and
• Sensors, Signals and Systems.

Research in ERPE is enriched through close collaboration with colleagues in
the School of Geosciences at UoE and the Maxwell Institute in Mathematical
Sciences (UoE and HWU collaboration, jointly submitted to RAE2008 and
REF2014). In addition, interactions with leading researchers in medicine,
physics, chemistry and biology and with external partners, including the
British Geological Survey (BGS), the Scottish Universities Environmental
Research Centre and the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, enhance the scale
and intensity of our research and related postgraduate activities.

From its foundation ERPE has focused on the creation and dissemination of
knowledge in areas of significant economic and societal benefit, as our
impact case studies testify. ERPE employs a variety of approaches to create
and transfer knowledge, generating impact within the UK, Europe and
internationally. These include: joint industry projects
(JIPs) and strategic partnerships (academic, industrial and international);
the creation of intellectual property (IP) and know-how; company formation;
the issuing and licensing of patents; contribution to the definition of
technical standards and regulations; support of product development, new or
enhanced service offerings, both by the Universities and commercial
partners; and the creation and transfer of knowledge and technologies to
pre-existing commercial entities. Over the REF2014 period ERPE has achieved
a total research income of £106M and: spun-out 8 new companies (securing a
total £9.7M in funding); successfully completed licensing negotiation with
106 companies; been awarded £39.53M of industrial funding for collaborative
research projects; and contributed to the publication of 24 international
standards.