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We have seen an 80 percentage point increase in the proportion of our outstanding (4*) impact since REF 2014, placing in the top 25%. We are ranked, 10th in the sector for research impact classified as outstanding (4*) out of 69 submissions and 14th in the sector for research power out of 69 submissions.

The Liverpool Law School consistently delivers research with far-reaching real world impact, reflecting our core commitment to socially relevant legal scholarship.

Social justice is at the heart of our most significant projects, including influential work on interrogating the results of Brexit, tackling childhood obesity through challenging food marketing, international law and human rights, facilitating access to justice for the most vulnerable, and legal support for charities.

We have built sustainable links with local, national and international decision-making institutions ranging from local authorities, charities and museums to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office, UK Parliament, the World Health Organisation and the European Court of Human Rights.

Our agenda-setting research comes in various forms including traditional academic outputs (articles, monographs, founding and editing journals) and impactful initiatives such as third-party interventions, policy engagement and extensive programmes of practitioner training and public awareness raising.

Reflecting Liverpool’s long-standing position as a city of refuge, we have supported research into the social and legal challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers, in particular the impacts of Covid-19 on young unaccompanied asylum-seekers in England.

The School has invested considerably in health research expertise in recent years and developed strong links with colleagues both internally and externally in Public Health and at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. These collaborations inform ethical decision-making in the context of end-of-life care for children, and expose the impacts of access to justice and welfare on health outcomes of children and other vulnerable groups.

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