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In the latest survey of research excellence in the UK, Theology and Religious Studies at Chester has received official endorsement of its growing reputation for world-class scholarship.

In the national Research Excellence Framework assessment, the department has improved its standing across a number of indicators:

  • Since 2008, TRS more than doubled the number of staff submitted to the exercise

  • Over a third of TRS’ research activity was judged to be “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”

  • Early career researchers, or those submitting to the research excellence process for the first time, feature prominently in our success

  • We boast a dynamic and inclusive research environment covering a comprehensive range of sub-disciplines within the study of religion and theology

TRS at Chester places a premium on building an active, inclusive research culture that ex­tends from all research-active staff to its growing and di­verse postgraduate research community. Since many of our PGRs (especially those on the Doctor of Professional Studies pro­­gramme) are researching practitioners, our research environment is designed to maximize interaction between the academy and wider communities of practice. 

For further information about REF 2014, go to the results for Theology and Religious Studies.