News from Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University’s £4.4m net-zero carbon Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School is a step closer to opening following project handover
The Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School, a single-storey building, is timber frame with timber cladding and features an external timber canopy covered walkway for social interaction.
It is highly energy efficient, air-tight, and is targeting net-zero whole life carbon.
Other sustainable features of the building include REHAU earth tubes and air source heat pumps which use passive cooling/heating rather than mechanical ventilation; along with roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels to offset carbon emissions.
Staffs Uni has welcomed the results of REF 2021 which has recognised more of its research as “internationally excellent” and “world leading”
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
Overall, 68% of Staffordshire University’s research was judged 3* “internationally excellent” and 4* “world leading”, up from 37% in 2014 when the last REF results were announced. In addition, 87% of the University’s research impact has been rated as “very considerable” or “outstanding”, again the two highest categories. This has resulted in a rise of 22 places in the Times Higher League Table to =86.
Staffordshire University entered seven Units of Assessment; Allied Health; Engineering; Archaeology, Business and Management, Social Work and Social Policy; Art and Design and Communication and Cultural Studies. Each unit had research which has been recognised as 4* or “world leading.”
The University is among the top 10 in the UK in terms of Grade Point Average improvement, which is a measure of the overall or average quality of research.