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Press Release - 18 December 2008

University celebrates Research Assessment successes

The University of Bath is today celebrating some tremendous results in the latest national evaluation of universities’ research excellence (RAE 2008).

The University had elements of world-leading research in all of the disciplines it submitted for assessment, and 60% of its total research activity was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

The RAE 2008 profile consolidates Bath's position as one of the top research universities in the UK. The University is ranked 18th by the Guardian and achieves the same rank in Times Higher Education (excluding specialist institutions).

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the world-class quality of our research has been recognised by this peer assessment.

“The University is producing world class research across its discipline base, from the development of new drug treatments to using social policy to influence behaviour. We are a vibrant, innovative, academic community, and this has enabled us to gain international recognition alongside much older and much larger institutions.”

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University, added: “These rankings are based mainly on the quality of research published in refereed publications, but weight is also given to marks of academic esteem such as international prizes, appointments to learned societies and invitations to address international conferences.

“I am particularly pleased that two thirds of our individual subject submissions are ranked in the top ten nationally, including over a third in the top five.”

RAE 2008, which is based on expert review, includes the views of international experts in all the main subject areas. Nationally, the results demonstrate that 54% of the research conducted by 52,400 staff submitted by 159 universities and colleges is either ‘world-leading’ (17 per cent in the highest grade) - or ‘internationally excellent’ (37 per cent in the second highest grade).

Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive of HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) which is responsible for the national assessment, said: “This represents an outstanding achievement, confirming that the UK is among the top rank of research powers in the world.

“The outcome shows more clearly than ever that there is excellent research to be found across the higher education sector. A total of 150 of the 159 institutions have some work of world-leading quality, while 49 have research of the highest quality in all of their submissions.”

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