Research excellence


Research Assessment Exercise 2008

RAE is the UK's definitive guide to research quality and excellence, ranking all universities on research strength and rating the academic disciplines they submit on the basis of their international standing.

Measured by means of quality - averaging the research carried out within a discipline, but not including the number of researchers working within that field - and research power - taking into account both quality and the number of academics within a discipline - Nottingham's status was again confirmed as a world-class institution.

"The results are a tribute to the talent and dedication of the University's academic community and the continued excellence of their work. This is a tremendous achievement for Nottingham and confirms our status as a global research-intensive university."

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor

Research excellence

No.7 in UK for research power

In addition to scoring highly in quality rankings covering major disciplines in science, engineering, the social sciences, business and the arts, it is Nottingham's increase in research power rankings which demonstrate the impressive volume of excellent research which is carried out here. We are now ranked in the Top 7 of all British universities and are one of only two institutions to move into the UK Top 10 since 2001 - an increase of seven places, making us the highest mover of any university.

Nottingham submitted one of the highest numbers of research areas for assessment and 91% of research staff - a testament to our confidence in the international calibre of our academics and the breadth of excellence to be found amongst our staff and students.

90% of research at international standard

Following the RAE results, 90% of all research at Nottingham has been classified of an 'international standard' and 60% as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

For further information on the University of Nottingham's RAE achievements, download our pdf brochure Nottingham: International Research Leader - Research Assessment Exercise 2008.


Top 10 universities for research power
Rank 2008 Rank 2001 Organisation
1 1 Oxford
2 2 Cambridge
3 3 University College London
4 4 Manchester
5 5 Edinburgh
6 6 Imperial College London
7 14 Nottingham
8 8 Leeds
9 12 Sheffield
10 9 Bristol


Source: Research Fortnight 17 December 2008



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