World-leading research identified in all 19 of Scotland’s universities.

77 per cent of research in Scottish institutions has been graded as world-leading or internationally excellent according to a new UK report.

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The UK-wide assessment of the quality of university research, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), has also cited Scotland as leading the UK in areas as diverse as physics, modern languages and agriculture.

Today’s news is consistent with Scotland’s internationally recognised reputation for research, with the previous report from 2008 grading 52 per cent of Scottish works as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance said:

“Scotland is globally recognised for pioneering research and has four universities in the world’s top 200 – more per head of population than any other country, except Switzerland.

“The 2014 Research Excellence Framework has now shown that all of our institutions are producing world-class research in a variety of areas.

“Research is also key to our economic growth and prosperity. Figures published earlier this year showed that our £124 million investment in eight innovation centres has the potential to generate up to £1.5 billion and around 5,000 jobs for the economy, through sectors such as energy, aquaculture and construction.

If you’re looking to grow your career, Scotland is the place. Whether you’re looking for a role in academia or industry, there are plenty of opportunities.

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