The British Geological Survey (BGS), along with other centres in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), has been assessed to determine the excellence and impact of its research. The review, carried out by the NERC, was similar to the Research Excellence Framework system used to assess the quality of research in Higher Education Institutions (HEI).
The BGS is extremely pleased that the committee found that the impact of the research carried out by the BGS is ‘outstanding’. One area of particularly outstanding impact is the use of information technology to transform the usability of its data by creating 3D geological models and digital geoscience information products such as the iGeology app. Other areas of outstanding impact included the BGS National Geological Repository, the BGS's international activities and the NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory’s (NIGL) work on depleted uranium.
The review panel considered that that 78% of the BGS’s research was the equivalent of the REF ‘internationally recognised’ standard, with a significant proportion being at the REF ‘internationally excellent’ level. NIGL, along with Climate Change and Quaternary Science, and Hydrogeology are to be commended for their performance in the research review.
BGS Executive Director Professor John Ludden said 'The BGS is one of the top geological surveys of the world and as such has a dual research and service role. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date, but we must continue to define the trend that is now observable across many global geological surveys towards greater research excellence through collaboration with HEI, research institutes and academies.'