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Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 results

Montage of photos related to research at the University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews has emerged as 14th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for the quality of all its research across Science and the Arts according to the results of the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise published on 18 December 2008. The RAE 2008 has demonstrated that St Andrews has significantly expanded its complement of world class research since 2001.  The University of St Andrews is in the Top 100 of the Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking.

RAE Scottish Results (by institution) (PDF, 11 KB)

Highlights

UoA Subject % World Leading
Research (4*)
UK Ranking Position in Scotland
60 Philosophy 40 1st Top in Scotland
19 Physics & Astronomy 25 2nd Top in Scotland
53 German 20 2nd Top in Scotland
65 Film Studies 50 2nd Top in Scotland
18 Chemistry (joint submission with
the University of Edinburgh)
30 4th Top Equal Scotland
21 Applied Mathematics 25 4th Top in Scotland
52 French 10 4th Top Equal Scotland
44 Psychology 20 7th Top in Scotland
57 English 35 8th Second in Scotland
  • 94% of St Andrews' research activity is internationally recognised and 60% is world leading or internationally excellent.
  • St Andrews submitted more than 92% of its academic staff for consideration in the RAE 2008, making it one of the most research intensive universities anywhere in the UK.  St Andrews has increased its number of research active staff by 40% since 2001.
  • The success of the Scottish Funding Council backed research pooling initiative in Chemistry confirms that EaStCHEM, a collaboration between St Andrews and Edinburgh which submitted jointly to RAE2008, is one of the top five Chemistry schools in the UK and produces 10% of the UK's world leading research in Chemistry.
  • The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) achieved three departments in the top 10 in the UK for Physics, i.e. St Andrews 2nd equal, Edinburgh 6th and Glasgow 7th.

Results of RAE 2008


Overall quality profile
(percentage of research activity at each quality level)
UoA Subject Staff 4* 3* 2* 1* U
5 Other Laboratory Based Clinical Subjects 7.50 15 25 35 25 0
14 Biological Sciences 45.50 10 40 45 5 0
18 Chemistry (joint submission with the University of Edinburgh) 33.00 30 40 30 0 0
19 Physics 32.20 25 40 30 5 0
20 Pure Mathematics 12.00 5 30 55 10 0
21 Applied Mathematics 15.00 25 45 25 5 0
22 Statistics and Operational Research 7.00 10 50 35 5 0
23 Computer Science and Informatics 21.00 15 45 35 5 0
32 Geography and Environmental Studies 29.00 20 40 35 5 0
34 Economics and Econometrics 27.15 15 40 45 0 0
36 Business and Management Studies 22.00 10 50 35 5 0
39 Politics and International Studies 27.00 10 35 35 20 0
42 Anthropology 11.66 25 30 30 15 0
44 Psychology 33.90 20 45 35 0 0
51 Russian, Slavonic and East European Languages 4.00 0 20 40 30 10
52 French 8.33 10 50 35 5 0
53 German, Dutch and Scandinavian Languages 5.00 20 40 25 15 0
54 Italian 4.00 5 25 45 25 0
55 Iberian and Latin American Languages 7.00 10 55 25 10 0
57 English Language and Literature 24.99 35 35 20 10 0
59 Classics, Ancient History,
Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
18.00 15 45 35 5 0
60 Philosophy 19.18 40 35 25 0 0
61 Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies 16.00 20 30 45 5 0
62 History 41.49 20 40 35 5 0
64 History of Art, Architecture and Design 14.20 15 60 15 10 0
65 Drama, Dance and Performing Arts 5.00 50 35 15 0 0

Explanation of terminology

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

The most recent RAE was conducted in 2008 for all universities and colleges in the UK giving a quality rating for research across all disciplines in each Higher Education Institution (HEI). Assessment panels used a standard scale to award a rating for each submission. Ratings range from 0 to 4, according to how much of the work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence.

The RAE provides benchmarks which are used by institutions in developing and managing their research strategies. Scottish HEIs receive a "Quality Research" (QR) grant as part of their annual block grant from the Scottish Funding Council based on the RAE outcome.

For more information see RAE 2008

UoA

Unit of Assessment. This column gives the reference number used to identify the Unit of Assessment in the RAE documentation.

Staff

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff submitted for assessment.

Quality level 4*

Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Quality level 3*

Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.

Quality level 2*

Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Quality level 1*

Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Quality level U (Unclassified)

Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.