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Internal News - 18 December 2008

RAE 2008 confirms world class standing of research at Bath

The results of RAE 2008 are published today and show that the majority of our research activity is at the forefront of international excellence.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, said:

“I am delighted that today’s results confirm the world class standing of our research. The University as a whole is ranked 20th in Times Higher Education (18th if you remove the two single subject institutions included in the list) and 18th in the Guardian. We have clearly maintained the strong position we achieved in 2001. However, two thirds of our subjects are ranked in the top ten, including over one third ranked in the top five. The overall institutional ranking is impacted by one or two units of assessment where the grade point averages were lower than the norm in other disciplines.

“In six areas – social policy, physics, sports science, European studies, computer science, and electrical & electronic engineering – there has been marked improvement from last time.”

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), said:

"I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our successful RAE 2008 return. We all know how much thought and care went into the task. It is clear that research assessment returns have tremendous reputational and financial impact, and we must continue to actively manage our research profiles.

“The RAE profiles 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.”

Whilst this is a strong result for the University, the financial implications of these outcomes, in terms of QR (HEFCE- Quality Research) funding, will not be known until March 2009. The University currently receives around £18.5 million per annum from HEFCE for QR. Further information will be published on the Office of Policy and Planning website as it becomes available.

Times Higher Education has published an RAE league table placing the University 18th in the UK (excluding specialist institutions). The Guardian league table also ranks the University 18th.

The quality profiles for the units of assessment in which the University made a submission are available now the link above

Full results for the Higher Education sector are available on the RAE website (see link above)

The following bullet points provide the definitions for the quality of the research grouped under each of the five categories recorded in the RAE profiles. The quality levels are defined as: