In the UK, Government conducts the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) to determine the quality profile of research of every department in each institution.

The 2008 RAE results are out. Institute of Cancer Research is ranked 1st (moving up from 5th in 2001). Cambridge is ranked 2nd, followed by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (3rd), LSE (=4th) and Oxford (=4th).

A comparison of ranking positions are made between the last two assessment results - 2001 and 2008:

Instituitions with significant improvements:

- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine moved up 9 places from 12th to 3rd in 2008.

- Queen Mary, University of London moved up 35 places from 48th to 13th.

- Leeds jumped from 26th to 14th this year.

- Nottingham jumped up from 37th to 24th.

- Kent moved up from 46th to 31st.

- Aberdeen 49th to 38th.

- Open University 66th to 43rd.

- Ulster 63rd to 45th.

- Aberystwyth University 60th to 45th.

- Cranfield 63rd to 49th.

- Swansea University 65th to 52nd.

- University of Hertfordshire moved up 35 places from 93rd to 58th.

- University of Brighton 80th to 59th.

- Birmingham City University 91st to 65th.

- University of East London 96th to 68th.

- Bournemouth University 107th to 75th.

- University of Bedfordshire 110th to 85th.

- Anglia Ruskin University 121st to 86th.

- Robert Gordon University 114th to 87th.

- University of Derby 127th to 96th.


* Suggested Reading:

RAE 2008-European Studies

RAE Ranking by Research Power
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