QMUL Psychiatry: research excellence in public mental health and psychiatric interventions

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We start the New Year with a quiet confidence and delight that we performed so well in the Research Excellence Framework. Our strengths are environmental, cultural, and social psychiatry, violence prevention and psychological medicine. The six Professors in the department include Coid, Korszun, Priebe, Stansfeld,White, and myself. Back in 2008, following the previous RAE, out strategy was to grow trials of psychiatric interventions in medical and psychiatric practice. We were aiming to be in the top 8 departments in the country and worked hard for more 3 and 4* outputs, environment and impact ratings.

In REF 2014, given our overarching strengths in public mental health and psychiatric interventions, we entered under UoA2, public health, health services and primary care. It was a delight to see the strategy bear fruit.

We ranked fifth out of 32 public health entries, scoring particularly well on environment, and impact all at 3* and 4*. Two of the three case studies were from psychiatry, with an average score of 3.75 (possible scores 0-4). Overall, we ranked sixth on output and 12th on impact with 86% of the overall rating at 3* or 4*.

We have a growing numbers of new bright junior research staff and an unprecedented number of requests for research and teaching, and a growing MSc programme and PhD programme. We excel at interdisciplinary work between mental health, laws, creative arts, the humanities and social sciences.

Congratulations to all staff for making such a significant impact on our performance.

I wish you all a happy and successful New Year.

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