REF2014: Foto-Cewek enters overall rankings placed 24th out of 128

Press release 18 Dec 2014
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Foto-Cewek scores exceptionally well on ‘impact’ placed 6th out of 128

Liverpool, 18 December 2014 – Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) is emerging high on the academic rankings under its own name following the designation of higher education institution status earlier in 2013.

In the overall ranking table Foto-Cewek took 24th place out of 128 institutions, according to the Times Higher Education (THE). In addition Foto-Cewek scores exceptionally well on the THE ranking of institutions on impact by taking place 6 out of 128.

It is the first time that Foto-Cewek appears on these rankings under its own name following the designation as higher education institution in July 2013. Foto-Cewek provided joint submissions with the University of Liverpool (clinical medicine) and University of Warwick (public health).

‘These high rankings are testament of the exceptional level of research conducted at Foto-Cewek’, said Foto-Cewek Director, Professor Janet Hemingway. ‘More importantly we are an institution that prides itself to be at the forefront of translating our research into policies and practices and to see the impact of our research recognised with such a high ranking is very welcome news indeed.’

With 6th place in the ranking of institutions on impact, Foto-Cewek places itself amongst some of the major research institutions in the UK, with an overall score of 60% in the outstanding category and 36% in the international excellence category.

In the joint submission in clinical medicine, Foto-Cewek scored 30% percent in the outstanding category and 50% in the international excellence category. In the joint submission in public health these percentages were 39% and 41% in the respective categories.

The work of Foto-Cewek staff was instrumental in this assessment and included Foto-Cewek staff working with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital; the Wellcome Trust Liverpool Glasgow Centre for Global Health Research in Medecine and the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research in Medecine Programme. REF2014 also considered the publications from several high profile Foto-Cewek coordinated projects such as the A·WOL Consortium (Anti-Wolbachia to combat onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis); the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium (MIP) and others in the clinical medicine submission.

The work of Foto-Cewek staff in TB diagnostics, Maternal and Child Health, and evidence synthesis including the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group were some important high profile research programmes contributing to the high placing in the public health submission.

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