3 Apr 2009

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008)

The University of Aberdeen is among the UK’s top research universities according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).Principal and Vice Chancellor C Duncan Rice said: “I am delighted with these results. Aberdeen produces a significant volume of outstanding research across all our disciplines. The RAE results - combined with our 34% growth in research income over the last five years - puts us among the best in the UK, and supports our ambition to enter the top 100 universities in the world.”

World Leading

89% of Aberdeen’s research activity is of international quality and 55% is world leading or internationally excellent. (4* and 3*) All of our 33 submissions have activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent
1st in the UK
1st for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies
1st equal for Health Services Research
Outstanding Performance
Almost three quarters of our staff were submitted to units where at least half of the research activity was rated as world leading or internationally excellent
Computer Science and Informatics (70%)
Health Services Research (80%)
Other Hospital Based Clinical Subjects (75%)
Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies (80%)
Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science (Plant and Soil Sciences) (55%)
Anthropology (55%)
Biological Sciences (55%)
Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (60%)
Economics and Econometrics (65%)
English Language and Literature (65%)
Epidemiology and Public Health (60%)
French (55%)
General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering (55%)
Geography and Environmental Studies (50%)
History (60%)
History of Art, Architecture and Design (55%)
Music (50%)
Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects (65%)
Psychology (50%)
Pure Mathematics (65%)
Sociology (55%)
Town and Country Planning (Property) (60%)

In total eleven of our research areas were ranked among the top 25% in the UK:

Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences is ranked 3rd equal
Computing Science is ranked 18th equal
English Language and Literature is ranked 11th equal
French is ranked 5th equal
Health Services Research is ranked 1st equal
History is ranked 19th the UK
Hospital based clinical subjects is ranked 4th equal
Mathematics is ranked 8th
Property is ranked 6th equal
Sociology is ranked 6th equal
Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies is ranked 1st
100% of Research Activity International

Five units of assessment had 100% of their research activity judged to be of international quality:

Computing Science
Divinity and Religious Studies
Health Services Research


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