RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) 2008

UWE Bristol was one of the biggest winners following the financial outcome of the latest Research Assessment Exercise in 2008. UWE Bristol increased its research funding allocation by 122%, one of the biggest increases in the country.

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor said, “This outcome is fantastic news for UWE Bristol and a fitting reward for the excellent RAE results. In particular, it establishes our position as both one of the leading post-1992 universities for research and one of the fastest growing research institutions in the country."

World-leading or internationally excellent

The RAE 2008 results showed that over a third (37%) of research carried out at UWE Bristol was considered to be world-leading or internationally excellent. The results highlighted the significant presence of world-leading research in biomedical sciences, art and design and in communication, cultural and media studies.

The results also show high levels of international excellence across a range of subjects including computer science, engineering, linguistics, accountancy and finance, town and country planning, plant science, nursing, history and architecture and built environment.

Commitment to outstanding research

According to Professor West, "the extent of this success recognises our commitment to growing a strong platform of outstanding research as well as rewarding exceptional performances in areas such as biomedical sciences, the creative arts and media.

"We pride ourselves on the extensive collaborations that fuel much of our best research and which has been recognised in the performance of areas that the Government is seeking to promote such as environment, technology and health. This funding boost will enable us to reinforce our mission to grow research in partnership with a range of stakeholders; to do research that has value and impact in society."

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