World-Leading Research Output from Aston University


The REF (Research Excellence Framework) is a method for objectively assessing the research output of British higher-education institutions, grading publications based on their overall quality and the importance of their findings. The maximum 4* rating is awarded to those publications classed as being “world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour”.

The word cloud above depicts the relative frequency with which specific terms have appeared in the titles of 4* research papers, defined as key words within these papers, or identified as MeSH terms (Medical Subject Headings) on PubMed. The largest words are those that appear most frequently across these three fields. It includes every 4* research publication produced by members of the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston since 2008.

Despite being relatively new to the University (2012), the Vascular Research team has made a significant contribution to Aston’s research output; note the prominence of terms such as Vascular, Preeclampsia, Endothelial and VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor). The Vascular Aston team are proud to be contributing to the University’s burgeoning reputation as a world-leading research institution, and we hope that our current and future projects will help to further extend this reputation over the coming years.