Assessing quality of UK research

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is a periodic national exercise which assesses the quality of UK research and informs the selective distribution of public funds for research by the four UK higher education funding bodies. It is also used as a variable in various ranking exercises by other national and international bodies.

UEA's Research Quality Confirmed

The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise have confirmed the University of East Anglia as one of the leading research institutions in the UK.

Outstanding performances have placed History of Art, Film Studies, American Studies and International Development in the top three in the country, with Environmental Sciences and Pharmacy in the top ten.

Over 50 per cent of the University's research activity was deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent with 87% in total being of international standing.

Thanks to UEA and its Norwich Research Park partners, the city has one of the greatest concentrations of ‘most highly cited researchers' in the UK, and is worth millions to the local economy.

We have significantly advanced our international research reputation as well as its scale and impact since 2001 when the last RAE was conducted

This resounding vote of confidence in our innovative research is excellent news for the region. We continue to set the agenda internationally in many disciplines, thanks to the outstanding quality and hard work of our staff.

Professor Trevor Davies,
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement, (2009-2011)

2008 ratings summary

Our ratings for each submission made by UEA in the 2008 RAE are:

Unit of Assessment Theme GPA Score
6 Epidemiology and Public Health 2.35
7 Health Services Research 2.4
11 Nursing and Midwifery 2.15
12 Allied Health Professions and Studies 1.55
13 Pharmacy 2.55
14 Biological Sciences 2.5
17 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences 2.9
18 Chemistry 2.6
20 Pure Mathematics 2.7
21 Applied Mathematics 2.4
23 Computer Science and Informatics 2.75
34 Economics and Econometrics 2.75
36 Business and Management Studies 2.45
38 Law 2.25
39 Politics and International Studies 2.1
40 Social Work and Social Policy & Administration 2.55
43 Development Studies 2.7
44 Psychology 1.75
45 Education 2.55
47 American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies 2.55
57 English Language and Literature 2.8
60 Philosophy 2.3
62 History 2.7
64 History of Art, Architecture and Design 3.15
66 Communication, Culture and Media Studies 3.4
67 Music 2.15

Please click for further information on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise results